We’ll Slurp to That! Galway’s First Ramen Pop-Up Bar Is Now Open

GMIT graduate chefs, Paddy Phillips and Alvaro Ambite have opened Galway’s first Pop up Ramen Bar this week at the renowned Wa Café in Galway. Owner Yoshimi Hayakawa has returned to Japan to train further in the art of sushi, so for the next three months Wa Café will be transformed into a Ramen Noodle Bar with an enticing menu.

Hayahawa opened Wa Cafe at 13 New Dock Street nine years ago and last year was honoured to receive the award of Best World Cuisine from the Restaurant Association of Ireland and is keen to help young chefs kick off their careers with hands-on business experience.

This unique pop up will see Phillips and Ambite serve up an array of varieties of the warming Japanese delicacy, from Galway Tonkotsu, a pork broth based soup topped with kimchi and marinated egg, to Hebivore’s Ramen, a vegan broth with teriyaki tofu and aubergine, Both €10.

Diners can also build their own Ramen Bowl, choosing a base, main component and up to three toppings such as Lotus root, Wakame and Nori. In addition, a selection of keenly priced small plates will be offered, with options such as Japanese Fish Fritters, Gyoza Dumplings and Sushi Rolls.

On her return to Japan to train further in the art which often takes chefs up to ten years to perfect, Yoshimi said: “I am changing Wa Café and making it a sushi bar in the spring of 2018. This has been on my mind for some time but I needed to make and take a leap of faith in myself. Education and training in Japan will bring Wa Café on another degree again. I am excited to bring more authentic flavours of the east to Galway in the new year.”

The pop-up has been in full swing since January 2nd and is expected to run until Easter, so get there while you can!

For more information or to find out more about the pop up at Wa Cafe phone 091-895850 or visit www.wacafe.net.

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