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Interviewee: Mike Kopfman, Owner
Location: 1439 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212
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Q | What is the most popular item on your menu? Why?
A | Right now the Miso Ramen is our most popular dish. Miso is one of the harder ramen to get just right, so I’m sure people are eating it to see if we really know our stuff. Miso is also the most recognizable of the soups, so people who are experiencing ramen for the first time might be more inclined to go with a familiar option. The non-soup items people have been enjoying most are the steam buns and the cold noodle salad.
Q | Are there any items NOT on your menu that are staff favorites (that you’d be willing to serve up to any customer who asked)?
A | Maybe down the road, but right now we are focusing on making the existing menu the best it can be.
Q | Ramen is a new foodie trend around here. How is it different from the $0.29 stuff I had in college?
A | The big difference is in the time required to make it and the quality of ingredients that go into the soups. Our pork broth is very time consuming, boiling or simmering for two days before it is ready. To make one bowl of miso requires about 4 days of total prep. We cure and roast the pork bellies and make all of our tare and dashi in house. It truly is a labor of love. We get pork and chicken from farms in Northeastern Ohio. When available, we use products from local farms in Central Ohio. For example, we get our honey and veggies from Northridge Organic Farm in Johnstown, our micro greens from Infusions Nursury and Greenhouse in Utica, and assorted produce from Redd Head Farms in Delaware.
Q | Can ramen bowls be customized (as long as you have the ingredients)?
A | We try to be as accommodating as possible. Taking into account personal preference as well as allergies. All our soups can be prepared gluten free with minor changes. And all our soups are made to order, so if you want to substitute an item for another, add or omit an ingredient, we can take care of you.
Q | Do you offer gluten-free noodle options?
A | To be gluten-free, we use rice noodles and tamari soy sauce. The only option that can’t be made gluten-free is the half-cooked egg because it’s marinaded in regular soy sauce.
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