Hey, ramen fans, miso, sushi, I went to Japanos. I heard good things about them so I went there for some ramen. I'm trying to get used to sushi, because it's an acquired taste. Soon I hope I will only dream about sushi. :))
I have to mention from the start that Japanos has accessible prices and is more focused on the to go food. That's the feeling I got when I went to the Old City for the first time. Japanos is located in a small, narrow house and with many floors. Like a Dutch home. At the ground flood there was a display with ingredients and products, at the first floor there are classic tables, and at the second floor, low tables in Japanese style.
"The food is served in plastic containers. And you eat with plastic cutlery."
In the menu you can find just about everything. I started with some Gyoza, then Vlad got a Teriyaki Salmon Bento Box (around 20 lei), with salmon, teriyaki sauce, tempura with surimi, pickled daikon and other small ingredients. And I got a Shoyu Ramen (19 lei). A classic. The food is served in plastic containers. And you eat with plastic cutlery. I saw that at other tables, sushi comes with a wooden board. So the experience came close to that at a fast food restaurant.
The soup was good, but it made me think a little bit of the Vifon soup, the instant one, with noodles. I'm not sure if I was influenced by the fact that I got a plastic bowl and a plastic spoon. It could be. I still liked the food though. The Salmon Bento was also tasty. If I had to compare price and quality, it was spot on. Bonus points for the device through which you can call the waiter.
"The soup was good, but it made me think a little bit of the Vifon soup, the instant one, with noodles."
After the first experience there, I couldn't draw a conclusion, so I went again, this time at the Victoria location of Japanos, which is close to a big French Revolution bakery. I passed by that place too, worry not. But that's another story. I will say only one more thing, in case you didn't know, at FR Victoria you can sit down and feel like in a Wes Anderson movie. It's like at Mendl's.
But back to Japanos. This time I went with Alina and Muși. Lately I've rarely see Muși. She gave birth recently and she has a busy schedule. Today she suggested I should mention on my blog the child and dog friendly places. I'm thinking about mentioning them from now on.
"All dishes were good. My soup was pretty spicy, but that didn't stop me from finishing it. And maybe I'm starting to acquire that sushi taste. :)"
Alina got the Sushi Maki Philadelphia (12 lei -4 pieces), and I, a Ramen Neghikara (21 lei). Muși is a pescatarian (what a term!) for a few years now - just so I'd mention her culinary background - so she got Miso Spicy Shrimps and edamame (10 lei). Oh, and we shared a serving of Sushi Maki Spicy Salmon (12 lei- four pieces).
All dishes were good. My soup was pretty spicy, but that didn't stop me from finishing it. And maybe I'm starting to acquire that sushi taste. :)
So if you're looking for a fair Japanese meal, which won't leave your pockets empty, Japanos is the right place. I will actually look for cheaper places, because I've been going over my budget with the restaurants I've been visiting lately.