Japan’s famed soup-less ramen is arriving just in time as summer temps continue to climb. Menya Hanabi is making its U.S. debut later this month in an Arcadia stripmall. Founded in 2008 in Nagoya, Japan, the shop is best known for its mazesoba, a Taiwanese influenced broth-less ramen topped with a smattering of savory ingredients like spicy minced pork, fresh garlic, a raw egg yolk, seaweed, and dried fish powder — all mixed together before consuming.
“Our dry ramen explodes with flavor, hence, our name hanabi, which means fireworks in Japanese,” explains Naoto Niiyama, the restaurant’s founder and the original pioneer of the dish. “Our mazesoba has [a] more intense, umami flavor than typical ramen.”
With over two dozen stores internationally, Menya Hanabi has figured out how to produce a consistent product without sacrificing quality. “Most of our main dishes will be more or less the same as our restaurants in Japan; however, we are serving more side items,” shares Niiyama. “The Arcadia location differs from our other locations overseas in that its interior design has a much more modern, industrial feel to it with a touch of Japanese influences.”
The restaurant opens on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Menya Hanabi will be open seven days a week.
Menya Hanabi. 733 West Naomi Avenue, Ste. K, Arcadia, CA 91007.