They say that no one cars what you had for lunch when you are writing a blog, but maybe they want to know your kid had, especially when it is this awesome. Last Saturday we went to Matsuchan for lunch, and Noah got to try ramen for the first time.
Matsuchan is a terrific Japanese restaurant, with great food, good prices, and a wide variety of soup and rice dishes. The cuisine is "homestyle" (both less expensive and less elaborate, but still delicious) compared to that of sushi restaurants, and the menu is comprised of many types of noodle soup and rice dishes, such as miso or shoyu (soy) ramen, curry rice, or udon (rice noodles) soup. Representing a rare moment of restaurant sanity, instead of suggesting a separate meal for Noah (there's no kids menu) our server brought him a separate bowl so he could share our lunches. I had Shoyu Ramen, and Lauren got Corn and Butter Ramen. Both have delicious broths with a big helping of house-made ramen noodles, vegetables and a little meat. If you are used to the dry ramen in a bag, this is nothing like that and will blow away your preconceptions. These noodles are the equivalent in quality, texture and taste to any homemade pasta. I have never been able to finish a bowl of soup at Matsuchan, and even sharing the noodles with Noah we still couldn't get to the bottom.
Lauren's Corn and Butter Ramen: