Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Broadmoor's Natural Epicurean hosts NE Ramen pop-up

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM

click to enlarge The Asian fruit selection, $11, was a conversation starter. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The Asian fruit selection, $11, was a conversation starter.
Ramen has been in vogue in major cities for some time, and now it's picking up in the Springs. Spots like The Wobbly Olive have had ramen on the menu, but this year, we've seen the rise of dedicated ramen establishments in Rooster's House of Ramen and Oka Ramen. Now even the Broadmoor's getting in the game with a weekend pop-up at its Natural Epicurean restaurant, dubbed NE Ramen.

Late last week, we were invited to sample several of the menu items as part of a promotional event with a few other media outlets. And for those looking to sample southeast Asian cuisine from a few different traditions, as well as a selection of sake, soju and sake cocktails, it's worth a visit.

In terms of highlights, we dug the deeply savory pork ramen, both for its sturdy noodles and the way the egg yolk transformed the broth from deep dark brown to an almost creamy color.

We also have to talk steamed buns. They're folded like tacos in the style of New York City's renowned Momofuku restaurants, rather than the traditional sealed dim sum bao. They're also pretty sizable and, at two to a plate, filling. We enjoy the grilled soya shiitake mushroom and togarashi blue prawn buns.

For sheer interest, the Asian fruit selection takes the day, becoming the focus of conversation at the table as we navigate tart passionfruit, subtle dragonfruit, tangy yellow kiwi, sweet rambutan, delicate lychee, and others.

Read the full menu here, and the cocktail and drinks menu here. Check out a few pictures from our dinner below. The NE Ramen menu will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, and from Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4.

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