There’s some serious ramen on the way to town. After almost a year of anticipation, ”Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto will open his ramen and yakitori izakaya restaurant, Momosan Seattle, in the International District this September. Located inside the historic Publix building at 504 5th Avenue South, the spot will seat around 110, have a casual vibe, and feature menu items from Morimoto’s eponymous ramen restaurant, Momosan Ramen and Sake, which already has outposts in New York City and Waikiki Beach. This is the chain’s first Pacific Northwest expansion.
Momosan features silky tonkotsu and Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema’s top pick, tsukemen, which separates broth and noodles. (“The soup offers a green snow of scallions and lime juice in a pork-bone broth; the noodles are firm and spaghetti-like Sun noodles,” Sietsema says in a ramen guide.) On the drinks side, Morimoto’s three signature beers, brewed in collaboration with Oregon’s Rogue Ales, and his signature Cabernet Sauvignon, produced by Mondavi in California, will also be available, as well as rotating local beers on tap, sake, and Japanese whisky.
The new announcement sheds some more light on the details for the new Seattle restaurant. It will serve dinner only at first, followed by lunch soon after, and tables will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the hype Momosan Seattle will get, it might be a good idea to get on line early.