Japanese

Corktown Detroit: Ima

The Unagi-don Rice Bowl from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has everything you love about an eel sushi roll and more! I added a fried egg to mine and the yolk was a silky, rich surprise that acted as a sauce to the rice. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Ima, located on Michigan Ave, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Motor City Wine, opened its doors in late December of last year. Chef Michael Ransom’s Michigan roots and his passion for Japanese comfort food and is what started the udon (thick wheat flour noodle served hot in soup) themed restaurant. The space is small, but is full of big flavors. With a seasonal menu offering a variety of noodle soups including Spicy Pork Udon and rice bowls like the Golden Curry, Ima brings together Japanese cuisine with home cooked feel good food.

Steamed edamame: Chilis, lemon, olive oil, sea salt. I really liked the bright, spicy, seasonings. This normally yummy snack was amped up with flavor. I couldn’t get enough.

This steamed edamame from Ima Noodles in Corktown Detroit, MI was packed full of spicy deliciousness. The seasoning was a combo of sea salt and various chilies and brought heat without burning my mouth off. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Unagi-don Rice Bowl: BBQ glazed eel, pickled cucumber, slaw, pickled ginger, radish sprout. I am a huge eel sushi fan so when I saw this on the menu, I had to order it. I was worried that the eel would be fatty and when it came out, my suspicions were confirmed. This required me to put in a little work, but once I did, it was slightly sweet from the eel sauce and satisfactory. The pickled veggies were slightly acidic, but cut through the rich eel. I added a fried egg and boy, am I glad I did. The yolk created a sauce that added a bright color to the rice bowl.

The Unagi-don Rice Bowl from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has everything you love about an eel sushi roll and more! I added a fried egg to mine and the yolk was a silky, rich surprise that acted as a sauce to the rice. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Golden Curry Rice Bowl: Silky curry sauce, root veggies, ginger pickle, soft boiled egg. When I spotted the bok choy, I was thrilled because it’s one of my favorite vegetables, but I don’t get to eat it too often. The curry flavor was bold, without being overwhelmingly spicy. The scallions added a mild onion flavor and a nice bright crunch.

The Golden Curry Rice Bowl at Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has a classic curry sauce without being super spicy. It was served with bok choy which is one of my favorite vegetables. Pair it with a soft boiled egg for a little protein. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Spicy Pork Udon: Toasted chili broth, smoked pork loin, soft boiled egg, garlic oil. This bowl brings the heat! The pork was tender, juicy, and sliced thin. The broth was seriously spicy with a hint of smoky. It was almost hard to eat because of how hot it was, but the broth had good flavor. This would’ve been better if they toned it down just a tad.

The Spicy Pork Udon at Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has a smoky, chili broth with garlic oil. The smoked pork was tender and juicy and the soft boiled egg helped compliment the spicy broth. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Curry Udon: Silky curry broth, soft egg, ginger pickle. Be prepared, because you will definitely slurp with this bowl! I recommend cutting the noodles into smaller pieces to make eating this less messy. The curry broth was savory, subtle. and not super spicy which I liked. The ginger pickle added texture and the sour flavor complimented the curry.

The Curry Udon from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI is a huge bowl of thick noodles, fresh bok choy, a rich, curry broth, and a soft boiled egg. This is a hearty dish perfect on a rainy day or when you are just in the mood for some comfort food. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Service was really good and I was impressed with how accommodating and friendly the staff was. The tables are set up as shared seating which I always like because I get a good view at what my neighbors are enjoying. If you know me, I hate menu’s because I can never decide. I want it all! So being able to see the options in the flesh helps me make a dinner decision. I was bummed out that Ima doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages, but hopefully they will have their liquor license soon. I will definitely be back to try the Ima tacos and Mexican Coke. Ima offers gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Join Ima for dinner, they are open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-10pm.

Ima

The space at Ima Noodles is small, but intimate. The dining room offers shared seating which allows each guest to get a front row view of every dish that comes out of the kitchen. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Thanks for an awesome time, ladies! Can’t wait for our next adventure.

Ima Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Johnny Noodle King

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Another best seller from the owners of Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King is one of the few spots to score ramen in Detroit. Even though the menu has a lot of Japanese influence, Johnny Noodle King incorporates tastes from all over the world. Janet and I were lucky enough to score a seat at the counter right in front of all the action. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a drink

Hitachino White Ale

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“Shark Fin” Dumpling: House Made Dumpling · Shrimp · Sweet & Spicy Sauce. So good! Really fresh and light despite being fried.

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Gong Bao (sauced): Chicken· Bell Pepper · Carrot · Scallion · Peanuts · Korean Chili Powder · Bean Sprouts · Garlic · Wide Rice Noodles. Spicy as shit! The Korean Chili was a little overpowering, but had good flavor. The peanuts added a nice crunch and saltiness to counteract the heat.

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Southwest (brothed): Shredded Pork · Corn · Scallions · Pickled Poblano · Ricotta Salata · Cilantro. The best! If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything South of the border. This was everything I hoped for and then some. The broth was so flavorful and spicy without being too hot. The ricotta was a nice touch to add a creamy coolness and the fresh cilantro and corn were amazing. Who doesn’t like pickled pablanos? We went with the shredded pork versus the pork belly and it was a good choice. So tender and juicy.

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Service was great and they were packed even on a rainy Wednesday. It was the perfect day for ramen. We only waited about 10 min, but it was definitely worth it. This isn’t your ordinary dorm room ramen. Although, they do have it on the menu (comes plain, just noodles and broth for those less adventurous). I can’t wait to go back and try the Bacon Fried Rice  and the pork belly bun. Check it out!

Johnny Noodle King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato