Searching for the best Ramen in Stuttgart? Then Umami Ramen Bar might be your choice. We visited them in July 2023 and tasted their Tonkotsu Ramen and Gyoza. In this article we give you the details and rate our visit.
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Noodles and Soup at Umami
At Umami the noodles and broth are both homemade using traditional methods in 100% handwork. Ingredients are just wheat flower, salt, water and kansui. The pork broth is made of pork bones which are cooked for at least 12 hours.
Umami in Stuttgart is opened in 2020. It states that it extends the traditional Japanese restaurant style to offer a varied experience between tradition, modern and innovation.
The menu at Umami is pretty diverse. Three different base of Ramen are available: Pork broth, veggie and chicken broth. The pork broth base comes as classical Tonkotsu Ramen, Umami Miso, Tan-Tan-Men and Umami Kara Miso. The veggie broth is made of a kombu-dashi broth and comes as Yuzu Shoyu, Miso and Kara Miso. The chicken broth base is offered as Shoyu, Miso and Tan-Tan Men. Prices for them range from 13.90 to 15.90€ which sets them in the typical price range for Ramen in Germany.
On the drink menu there are four different Japanese Sake available: Ozeki Junmai, Hakkaisan Tokubetsu, Kubota Senjum, Dassai 45. Their prices range from 5.00€ to 12.00€ for a 100ml. There is also a sparkling Sake and Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky available.
Typical side dishes such as Gyoza (Chicken and Veggie) as well as Karaage are also available.
Visit and Order
On our visit on 9th of July, 2023 we ordered the following: Tonkotsu Ramen with additional toping of Chashu (but received Tofu) and Naruto as well as Chicken Gyoza and Kara-age (fried chicken)
|Gyoza (5 pieces)
|Kara-age (5 pieces)
The Tonkotsu soup was really good. Intense in taste and creamy. The chashu was soft and fatty with a good marinated taste. The noodles are firm and chewy. I’d like them a bit harder and more yellow. However, I liked the ones here. The Tonkotsu Ramen have high quality, good taste but no suprising elements.
The Gyoza were delicious and fried well. Personally I prefer pork over chicken for Gyoza. The breading of the Kara-age was different then the usual ones. But the taste was still good.
Umami Ramen is located in the Eberhardstraße in the city center of Stuttgart. It’s a busy area with lots of other restaurants and shops close buy. S-Bahn (Stadtmitte), subway in bus stations are very near so that access is easy. A visit can be easily combined with shopping or as a start for heading into the night life.
The interior is a bit in hipster style but keep some classical traditional elements. The kitchen is half open. It’s clean, spacious and modern. Cutlery and dishes for kids are available as well. There are a couple of seats outside as well.
Rating – Best Ramen in Stuttgart?
Generally good ramen noodles which are chewy and firm. I prefer them a bit harder and a bit more yellow.
The Tonkotsu soup was really good, intense in taste and creamy. I’ve seen more creamier onces with a bit more intensity. So this one is not rated with the full points.
Umami is located in the city center in one of the busy areas very close to subway and S-Bahn stations. So that access is really easy. The restaurant itself is clean, spacious and modern. The kitchen is open.
The nice selection of Japanese sake is a extra plus point. Unfortunaltely I visited for lunch on a 35 degree afternoon so I had to skip tasting any of them.