When you’re dealing with mid-November, several things come to mind. First, how has it been in the fifties? I know weather in Maine is ever changing, but there’s a first for everything. And when that weather does change, only one thing comes to mind: ramen. Because inevitably, there are nights when I come home from work and the last thing I want to do is cook. Lucky for me, Ramen Suzukiya is open for dinner almost every night from Tuesday-Saturday. In my mind, ramen is the ultimate comfort food, right up there with mac n cheese and biscuits and gravy.
Ramen Suzukiya is simple, perfectly fitting its location. I used to live right around the corner from it, before it was open, and I eagerly awaited its opening. Surrounded by shops and an Otto location, this seems like the last place you’d find delicious ramen. But when you walk inside, it’s like coming home. Warm and bright, with communal seating and the scent of homemade noodles wafting in the air. The menu is simple, with three ramen options, as well as mini rice bowls.
The ramen is simple, but in the best way possible. The flavors are rich, especially the broth in the Hakata style ramen, which is creamy without being overpowering. The ramen is extremely traditional, and the homemade noodles are a fantastic touch. One bowl and you’re full. The mini rice bowls are great, if you have room for them! This is the kind of place where you’re welcome with a book by yourself on a cold, rainy week night. With the communal seating, you never know who you could meet. Or you could just sit down, enjoy the ramen, and feel satisfied, inside and out.