I suppose it’s a compliment that I wanted more noodles at Ippudo. The menu mentions something you’re supposed to say in Japanese, “Kae Dama,” when you want another ball. I didn’t actually go for it, but you’ve been warned about the portions. The ramen at Ippudo is good. No, I mean really good. If you have a clue, you may want more too. If you’re a Momofuku fan, then just go on living in your little fantasy world. I’ll be saving my pennies to eat at Ippudo again. Yes, it’s a little pricey, especially if you go for the extras, but it’s really worth trying now that the crowds have died down. (I couldn’t be bothered standing around for a table when this place first opened — sorry.)
Take one look at your bowl of noodles at Ippudo, and you know you’re in for something special. I don’t really know what all that stuff is, to be honest, but you have to stir it up before you get started because there is so much going on. Sure, I like the simplicity of the broth at Setagaya, but it’s a totally different thing there. I’m no ramen expert, by the way. I just know what I like. I like this. One more give away that they’re onto something good here — actual Japanese people eat at Ippudo. And I took a picture of my dinner with a flash camera and nobody cared.