Review: Ramen Dayo
Ramen Dayo ラーメンだよ！ is now at 25 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3EF (as of July 2017). As of January 2019, they have a SECOND location at 31 Ashton Lane in the West End.
I have a passionate love of all things Japanese so when this new ramen place sprung up in the laneway by Bier Halle, I knew I had to get along.
The decor is great – it really does look like something you'd seen in a lane in Tokyo and even though it's semi-outdoors, it's still warm – there's good heating panels on the walls. We had to wait for a table but we weren't in a hurry so that was fine, the wait was only about 15 minutes on a Thursday night. It's good to see they're busy already seeing as they just opened!
As they just opened, they were offering a complimentary plate of gyoza. The menu is simply gyoza and ramen (with extra toppings) and the menu could offer a little more explanation as to what's already in the ramen as it seemed to me that you had to pay for all the toppings, but that's only if you want extra.
There's four choices of ramen – all have chicken/pork broth so not suitable for veggies/vegans – tonkotu, tonkotsu miso, tonkotsu miso black and tantanmen. I won't go into detail about these variations – you can have a read about the detail on the menu thanks to James vs Burger on twitter. There's also a great drinks and cocktail menu.
I ordered the tonkotsu miso black. I was really impressed with the flavour – really rich and delicious, the kind of broth you only get by cooking it for a long time. The eggs were soft and gooey and overall, it was a really delicious bowl of food.
Now I do have to concede our visit wasn't perfect. When we were ordering, they were sold out of a few things already, but like I said, they've been busy and they've just opened so that isn't the end of the world. I do think the ramen portion size was on the small side, I expected it to be a proper filling meal but I think I'd have needed a side portion of 3 gyoza on my own to be full. Maybe I'm just greedy. The service was a bit hit and miss with mis-communications between the staff, and overall a little slow – but again, that's new opening issues which wouldn't put me off going back.
So overall, I'm very excited by Ramen Dayo. I'm so happy there's a ramen place in Glasgow and it is the best ramen I've had in town. I think £8 for a bowl of ramen isn't bad (especially if there was a bit more broth/noodles) and am excited to see how this place goes.
Added bonus: they're dog friendly!