Ju hachi Cho Ramen
87, BoGuan 3rd St, West Dist.
Hours: 11:30 am-12 midnight
No service charge.
Just off JianXing Road near Splendor Hotel, this second branch of a popular ramen shop has a vastly-expanded menu that includes various Japanese-style barbecued kushiage skewers, sushi rolls, fried dishes, and rice bowls. These extras are served 5:30-11:30 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends; only ramen is available at other times. Drinks include six sakes, large bottled beers (NT$100-120) and Super Dry on tap (NT$120, 500cc). --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Alicia Yu
A. Eight ramen options (NT$130-170) are topped by the original-flavor "Essence", pictured with a Cod Roe Omelet (NT$50). The authentic ramen here has a saltier broth, though diners can select a milder version, plus thick or thin noodles.
B. New items include the NT$180 Salmon Monster Roll (pictured, front). Other pictured items (NT$30-50) include grilled Tender Chicken Kidney, Cod Roe Chicken Stick, and Salt & Pepper Pork Slice, plus Sauce Grilled Mushrooms, and Grilled Scallops and Bacon.
C. With a relaxed Japanese vibe, plus pop/lounge music, Ju Hachi Cho attracts many younger diners.