Kyoto-born chain Tentenyu will bring its internationally acclaimed ramen to Capitol Hill July 28. The new restaurant will open in the former Mercedes-Benz showroom at the intersection of Pike and Belmont (1510 Belmont Avenue).
Diners will have the option of sitting at a noodle counter and watching as their ramen is prepared. Tentenyu’s brand of ramen is concocted of a shoyu (soy sauce) base with a rich chicken broth, which the kitchen develops by simmering chicken bones and feet for up to 11 hours. Other menu items include vegetarian ramen, tsukemen (dipping ramen, in which the noodles are served in a separate bowl on the side and dipped into the broth), rice bowls, and chicken karaage (fried chicken).
Tentenyu was born in Kyoto in 1971 as a small food stall and is now the longest-operating ramen restaurant in the Ichijoji area of the city — a district famous for its ramen, thanks to the impressive density of noodle shops.