Find Tasty, Cheap Ramen and Dumplings at Umami
The Willy Street ramen and dumpling bar is a hit with discriminating dinershttp://www.madisonmagazine.com/Madison-Magazine/June-2011/Find-Tasty-Cheap-Ramen-and-Dumplings-at-Umami/
By Dan Curd
The next big thing elsewhere has finally come to town. Umami is our own ramen and dumpling restaurant on Willy Street. Housed in a quaint one-hundred-plus-year-old cottage, inside everything is sleek and bright. Like the décor, the minimalist menu offers a handful each of appetizers, salads, dumplings and ramen. Forget those little cellophane-wrapped packets—the ramen here rocks! Big bowls of noodles in rich broth paired with the likes of roast pork shoulder, marinated chicken and even a flavor-infused egg raise the roof on flavor. An après-slurping order of green tea crème brulée completes a meal that’s as economical as it is satisfying.
PHOTO: Taste one—or all three—of these specialties: veggie dumplings with smoked tofu, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms; pork buns stuffed with pork belly, pickled baby cucumber, scallions and house-blend hoisin sauce; or the Tonkotsu ramen with pork broth and locally produced ramen topped with a flavor-infused egg, roast pork, bamboo shoots, nori and green onions.