An amazing ramen house opened in Montclair. Don’t tell anyone.
You can understand how I might want to keep the news of Ani Ramen in Montclair a secret. There are certain favorite meals in my family, and ramen (the real stuff) is at the top of the list. Finding authentic ramen usually meant a trip to Manhattan or Mitsuwa Market in Edgewater. Now, Ani Ramen House in Montclair (officially open today after a soft open last week) has made our ramen dreams come true. We just want to be able to get a table.
Walk into Ani Ramen House and your first impression is a fun, funky feast for your eyes. The bold black and white decor makes the most of the restaurant’s modest space. We loved the attention to detail –light fixtures dripping from the ceiling like ramen noodles, newspaper wallpaper on one wall and a whimsical black and white mural on the other.
The menu offers several types of ramen –including a vegetarian broth — and the option to add in marinated soft boiled egg, braised pork belly or pork shoulder as well as homemade seasoning oils so you can kick up the level of spice/heat to your individual liking.
The noodles glistening in our bowls of ramen were incredible and plentiful (if you still crave more, you can order extra for $2). Our host Luck shared that the noodles are from Sun Noodle, the Teterboro-based noodle factory that supplies to Momofuku Noodle Bar. Nary a noodle was left as we emptied our bowls, enjoying comfort food much closer to home.
What we tried and liked (make that loved): Classic Ani ramen, spicy miso ramen, sea salt and chili charred edamame, pork buns with spicy miso mayo and beautiful crispy gyoza — handmade pork-garlic and chive dumplings (above) with a soy sauce-chili oil dipping sauce each created with its own a crunchy “sea fan.”
What we want to come back and try: The brothless ramen and the upcoming duck “ramen project.”
Ani Ramen’s tag line is Slurp. Sip. Repeat.
We are happy to follow these orders again and again.
Ani Ramen, 401 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973.744.3960