Reservations Required

Smack Dab In The Middle Of The Week

How many places in Palm Bay have a wait or, I should say, require a reservation for a bowl of traditional Japanese Ramen noodles or ridiculously fresh sushi smack dab in the middle of the week? I am going to go out on a limb here and, correct me if I’m wrong, but I am going to say there is only one. In fact, I am going to go so far as to say that I am going to disclose one of the Space Coasts best-kept secrets in Japanese cuisine. To those that already can’t get a reservation or stand in line outside for 45 minutes and may have my head… I am a “good sharer” as I have always taught my children to be. Irashiai 2 off Babcock Rd in Palm Bay has a wait every single night of the week! You will need to call and make a reservation even for two people. If you don’t have a reservation, the wait could be up to 45 minutes but the people are waiting. They are waiting outside the doors, in lines. This is a fact. Irashiai 2 is a small, homey or I would almost say New York City-small Asian inspired restaurant. A variety of reasons, but the biggest one….Ramen!

Now, Let’s Talk Ramen

Now, let’s talk ramen. Real ramen is not cooked in a microwave. Unless you have had your head stuck in the sand for the last few years, you may have noticed that ramen noodles have become a hot culinary trend. How has it become such a cultural phenomenon? The truth is, the Japanese dish served at trendy noodle shops no longer resembles the cheap packets of dried noodles you remember as your college dorm room staple. Instead, it has more in common with the Japanese staple served over 100 years ago.

Hell Sauce On the Side

So what is in the Ramen Noodle of today that you can’t get in the styrofoam cup filled with sodium, broth, and noodles of your college years? For starters, a bowl of fresh, rich, homemade broth made by slow cooking pork bones and shio, a salty broth that consists of seafood, seaweed, chicken, and veggies. The toppings are the best part and they are endless. You can opt for items like extra noodles, pork belly, soft cooked eggs, dashi, lobster, pork belly, and more! You can basically build your own ramen! If you are really adventurous and like a lot of heat…Irarashi 2 has a signature “Hell Sauce”, but I highly recommend getting this on the side. It’s named Hell Sauce for a reason!

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