Last night we visited Hakata Ramen and Sushi in the Gateway Shopping Plaza in Tredyffrin Easttown. Here is what we thought.
This is a new restaurant, locally owned and the first Ramen restaurant in Tredyffrin Easttown. It is a BYOB, with pretty modern decor although there were some interesting design choices which jarred with the overall design. For example some old window frames with fake flowers which did not seem to agree with the mural on the wall by the open kitchen. Tables and chairs were not great quality, and one booth had you looking at the back of another bench.
How was the food? The menu was typical, as expected, incuding different starters, sushi, sashimi and rice bowl, poke bowls and ramen with additional add ons. We had one sushi roll as a starter to share, and then had a rice bowl with braised pork, and a ramen dish also with pork. We felt the sushi was pretty average, there are lots of different places to get good sushi in Tredyffrin Easttown, Veekoo, Nectar are two examples and some other straight sushi restaurants in Paoli. So this was disappointing. Trudy found the rice bowl was cold, it actually was delivered as we were eating the sushi which was a little odd, and may account for it being cold when she started, although we believe it was just served into a cold bowl; and was disappointed, so I ended up eating that and thought the flavor was alright but nothing wonderful; Trudy took my ramen dish which I had just started. Again we found the flavor was average, nothing to make it stand out and grab you attention.
We have eaten in Philadelphia a couple of times at a Ramen place and it was outstanding. Here the broth was heavily flavoured with Miso and was very salty, there seemed to be little character or development of the broth to make it interesting.
Hakata is open for lunch and dinner, as a lunch place it could be a good go to place, not sure we would go back for dinner. Cost was reasonable, although they did add on a dish we did not order to the bill but readily removed it and apologized.
Have you tried Hakata? What did you think of it?
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