Nov 3, 2010

Ann Arbor's Best Little Noodle Bar

The Spicy Seafood Ramen with Spicy Chili Broth ($9). Beware, this bowl is hot by Asian standards!

My son and I have this tradition of hitting the local college town's Indian restaurant after a football game. So when in Ann Arbor, our choice is Shalimar right on Main street. However, the line at Shalimar was a long as the lines at M Den before each Wolverine game. So our second choice is always Asian. 

On this visit to AA, we were joined by my friend, Jimmy Le, a huge Wolverine fan, and my father-in-law, Greg Hoelscher, a Buckeye fan who donned a Michigan hat for the game. Jules and I, are of course, Iowa Hawkeye fans. And on this night, the Hawkeyes were walking a bit taller after handing Michigan its second loss in-a-row in conference play. 

Greg was out-voted 3 to 1by the Asians. Jimmy, Jules and I were in favor of the noodle bar versus a sports bar for burgers and fries. To my delight, Tomukun Noodle Bar looked very inviting and American-friendly when it came to its
wood interiors and cleanliness. However, Asians were the majority inside the restaurant, a good sign if you want good Asian food. And you know what, the food gets passing grades from the Asian boys, and in fact, even Greg loved the food. I must say that outside of traditional sushi restaurants, Tomukun is the best noodle house in Michigan. The three noodle bowls we ordered were amazingly authentic with enough depth in flavors to leave a lingering sensation in your mouth. 

By now, you probably know that I have this weakness for pork buns. How does Tomukun pork buns compare to the other buns? You just have to read my next post on the" battle of the buns."
Tomukun Pork Buns with Pork Belly, Pickled Vegetables, Scallions and Savory Sauce ($6)
Pho with Sliced Steak, Cilantro and Onions ($9). This one is a keeper.
My son prefers the Buffalo wings over Asian wings, but Tomukun's Sweet and Spicy Korean
Style Wings ($5) gets his stamp of approval.
Tomukun Ramen with Rich Pork Broth, Pork Belly, Spinach,Scallions and Egg ($9)
Lots of Asians in an Asian restaurant is always a good sign
The servers at the bar were pleasant

Tomukun Noodle Bar
505 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI. 48104


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filipino girls said...

Couldn't fault this restaurant. The food was gorgeous, I also had the wings. The desserts were gorgeous; they looked and tasted fabulous! The service in the restaurant is really good, nice staff, really attentive. The only shock was the bill.... Much LESS than we expected. We loved it do much we made another reservation when we left.

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