Ramen is so hard to come by in Tampa and I've seen many shops come and go. We now have Japanese Kitchen Dosunco, a small yet very authentic ramen shop located right on Kennedy. I mean, seriously.. Once you step through those doors you're greeted in Japanese and you're pulled into a different cultural dining experience.
The menu is actually very tiny at the moment and they have mentioned that they wanted to focus on Ramen. I was a little disappointed at first because I really wanted some Japanese curry and onigiri (which was on their old menu). It's okay though because the ramen was delicious and I hope they do well and expand their menu!
We started with their Chicken Karaage (fried chicken) with a wasabi mayo sauce and Hiyayakko (cold tofu). Both excellent! As simple as it may seem, the chicken was crispy and juicy while the cold tofu was simple and refreshing. I did also try the gyoza, but thought it was meh. It has the traditional Japanese style, pan fried on one side while the other sides are steamed. The gyoza tasted like frozen dumplings with no flavor and the "pan fried" side was not crispy. I was not a fan.
Funny thing is I would always avoid Hiyayakko (cold tofu) because I thought it was too plain. But as I've gotten older I grew fond of the clean and simple taste of tofu. This dish brings out the simplest and freshest flavors tofu has (which basically isn't much), but it just taste so good mixed with the scallions, ginger, seaweed and soy sauce.
Now, lets introduce the main star of the night! I ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen which was 1 out of 4 flavors available. Japanese Kitchen Dosunco has Miso, Spicy Miso, Shoyu, and a dry ramen to choose from.
I thought the ramen was pretty good, especially being the only ramen shop in Tampa at the moment it has to be! I didn't fall in love, but thought that the flavor was spot on. The broth was rich in flavor, yet not greasy. I would have loved it to be spicier, but hey I like spicy food! The pork was tasty and it fell apart because it was so tender (my favorite part).
Overall.. Heck yes, if you like ramen or even want to have a fun Japanese experience this is the place to stop by. It is very tiny, but it feels as if you were in Japan eating at a ramen shop (ramen shops are normally for fast eating dining and are usually small). I would definitely suggest this to others craving some authentic ramen.
Japanese Kitchen Dosunco
3310 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609