Jobu Ramen – Not your College Roommate’s Ramen!

| July 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Chicken ramen, with noodles, roasted chicken, poached egg, scallions, shredded cabbage, and celery root, turnip, and rutabaga at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover

Chicken ramen, with noodles, roasted chicken, poached egg, scallions, shredded cabbage, celery root, turnip, and rutabaga at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover

“Ramen (rah-muhn), noun: a Japanese noodle soup dish consisting of wheat noodles in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, with toppings such as sliced pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and green onions.”

This is not your college roomie’s ramen! Jobu Ramen in Grandview offers real ramen, not the packaged version, and with some wonderful surprises!

Jobu Ramen is located in the old Mazza location on Grandview Avenue between Fifth and Third Avenues. Mazza moved two doors north. The small storefront space has an open kitchen and eating bar in the back, 30 seats inside, and a small patio outside.  The plain-but-warm decor is dark wood.

Owner Michael Kopfman has done a fine job with the small menu featuring fresh tasting dishes.

We started with the outstanding special steam bun: Sapporo buttered tempura-style Lake Erie walleye with rice wine slaw, a nice sauce, and a bit of heat ($9). It was large enough to share as a first course or to be a lunch or light dinner entree, and one of my favorite dishes of the year!

My wife had the tasty cold noodle salad, poached chicken, vegetables, mango, avocado, almonds, fresh herbs and lightly spicy peanut sauce ($12). I enjoyed the chicken ramen, with fresh-tasting broth, noodles, roasted chicken, poached egg, scallions, shredded cabbage, and celery root, turnip, and rutabaga ($12). We ran into several friends, and everyone seemed very pleased with their food.

Cold noodle salad with poached chicken, vegetables, mango, avocado, almonds, fresh herbs, and lightly spicy peanut sauce at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover.

Cold noodle salad with poached chicken, vegetables, mango, avocado, almonds, fresh herbs, and lightly spicy peanut sauce at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover.

The small menu consists of two specials; four snacks, including the great looking Korean BBQ burrito and several steam buns ($6 – $9); two salads, kimchi and cold noodle ($10 – $12); four ramen ($10 – 13); and a two-item kids menu.

Korean BBQ burrito at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover

Korean BBQ burrito at Jobu Ramen. Picture by Steve Stover

Jobu Ramen is a great choice for a healthy, low calorie, low fat lunch or dinner, but do not let all that healthy stuff deter you – the food is yummy.

Jobu Ramen
1439 Grandview Ave
614-481-5480
joburamen.com

Hours
Monday through Thursday, 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am-11pm
Sunday, 11am-9pm

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.
  • Sam

    Ramen is not a Japanese name, Jesus… Do some research before you mislead people like this.