Miami is finally getting on the ramen bandwagon. Case in point: the newly opened Ichimi in Coral Gables, which is offering unique spins to traditional ramen dish along with gyozas and Japanese izakaya fare.
Helmed by executive chef Constantine De Lucia, formerly of Momi Ramen, Lure Fishbar and Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, the menu showcases ramen three ways – a traditional presentation of ramen submerged in various broths; Tsukemen, or dipping style, with hot broths served with a side of cold ramen for dipping; and cold ramen with a salad-like execution. We got to try the Seafood version made with clams, shrimp, garlic confit, lemongrass, micro radish, pea tendrils and scallion and the Beef Brisket Ramen with bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, takana, dehydrated red pepper strings and a Hanjuku egg, both were nice ways to warm up on a cool(ish) Miami day.
The izakaya options are rather expansive as well and we got to try a little bit of everything. Some of the standout dishes included the Scallion Pancake with yuzu crème fraîche, sesame caviar and micro radish; Deviled Egg with Hanjuku egg, Ikura, pea tendrils, sesame wind; Sweet and Sour Ribs made with a house blend SS, micro radish and yuzu zest; Uni Taco with tempura nasturitum, uni, wagyu, shisho air; Bean Sprouts with rice wine vin, yuzu, nori powder, garlic confit foam and the Soft Shell Crab with dehydrated red pepper strings, mizuna, ginger, garlic, yuzu, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.
Ichimi is now open daily for lunch and dinner, with an essential Friday and Saturday night 2 a.m. late night option available. But until you get to try them for yourself, check out the delicious pictures below.