Friday, April 7, 2017
Squid Eats: Gaku Ramen
The food is nice. We've been, I think, three times now and I've found my go-to order: spicy tonkotsu (slightly funky transliteration - one normally sees the second o as an a but perhaps this suits the Vermont accent better). I've grown to enjoy spicy ramen in general, something I never experienced in Japan. The Japanese don't really go in for peppers the way other Asian cultures do. Fusion can certainly be tasty. I practically licked my bowl clean.
The Burlington location is the first step in a broader mission. The owners envision more franchises in more New England college towns. Despite honest efforts, I would say the restaurant falls well short of authentic. But it's good anyway.