We are suckers for everything Japanese here at The Chronicles, so when we’ve found out there is a new – still kinda secret! – ramen bar in Seminyak, we were immediately knocking on the samurai-painted doors. Once you push them and get into Mad Ronin, you are not in Bali anymore. It feels like Tokyo or – to be more precise – Osaka, which is famous for that kind of cheerful, easy-going, cool and delicious ramen bars, and has plenty of them on offer. While the catchy artwork on the wall instantly gets your attention, in a minute you are distracted by the real action happening behind the bar: the busy bees in leather aprons lead by a fierce-looking Japanese chef Yamashita (real Osaka export!) are shooting steaming bowls of piping hot noodle soup with the speed of samurai swishing his sword.
Ra-ra-ramen! Oh boy, do we love a bowl of a fragrant goodness, especially when it’s late, it’s pouring outside or we’re hangover – or all of the above combined. They do a mean ramen stock here, cooking the bones for 10 hours (it takes 2 days altogether to prepare a proper ramen base!) Our favorite is tonkotsu, paper-thin and silky slices of pork, thin noodles, seaweed and other condiments in a rich “white” broth. Another one would be the chicken version: a lighter soup with a delicious roasted chicken thigh as a yummy bonus. That’s not it! How about Laksa Ramen, go try to find any other place that combines two of Asia’s favorite soup in one! Vegetarians, you are not left unattended, too: there is a vegetarian ramen for you – which is a pumpkin, tomato and a whole lot of greens based broth, and guess what, the noodles are also spinach based! Remember, whatever your choice is, you have to slurp – it adds to the gastronomic experience and it’s polite!
We’re also being a little bit ecstatic about Mad Ronin’s drink list. They have not only Sapporo beer (which is still a delicacy here in Bali) on offer but some very curious craft beers as well – like that fruity stout from Nest Beer microbrewery, for instance. They are pricey, yeh – but so good! Check the mixed drinks, too: they are simple, creative and cheaper than beer, ha!
They say, ramen should be eaten at the end of the drinking session when you are tipsy enough – well, we are drinking our way through that tradition. KAMPAI!
Are you as crazy about Japanese food as we are? Check this place in Canggu that we can’t stop raving about!
Go check it out: Mad Ronin
Find it: Jl.Petitenget, 7 (next to Fave Hotel)
Money: ramen from Rp.70k, cocktails Rp.70k, craft beers Rp.120k