Best bites: Head to this Japanese restaurant in North Phoenix for superb spicy ramen

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With many ramen restaurants in the Phoenix metro area, Japanese restaurant Yutaka is a must for anyone who loves hot Japanese soup, made with a combination of richly flavored broth, a variety of noodle types, a selection of meats or vegetables. , and often, a boiled egg.

Most of the Valley’s ramen restaurants are concentrated in the East Valley, but Yutaka, located on Bell Road, is one of the few north of Phoenix.

The tiny restaurant recently caught the eye after a video of TikTok user Tmjbbx explaining he’s tried every ramen restaurant in Phoenix went viral. Yutaka is one of the top five ramen restaurants in Phoenix.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, the intimate restaurant decorated with izakaya-style Japanese lanterns and nobori, or Japanese banners, was crowded and bustling.

Servers floated from table to table helping customers decipher the long menu of traditional Japanese dishes such as takoyaki, sushi and sashimi. But the restaurant is known for its ramen.

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Takoyaki with bonito flakes and “Monkey Brains”, a fried mushroom with spicy tuna, crab and cream cheese.

Tiffany Acosta

Tonkotsu ramen, beef udon, and tempura udon are just a few of the classic noodle dishes they make, but the must-try is the spicy miso ramen.

The miso broth has a creamy texture, with a nutty taste and is accompanied by chashu, simmered and braised pork, a jammy boiled egg, green onions, crisp bean sprouts, sweet corn and of spicy Japanese chili pepper.

The combination of hot broth, fluffy noodles and crunchy bean sprouts completes its rich flavor. The broth is the star and could have been served on its own as it was packed with grilled, salty and umami flavors. A refreshing peach tea helped us cool down the subtle warm spice.

Yutaka prides herself on using fresh ingredients and the attention to detail shines through. It’s easy to see why this place beat out so many others on the Tmjbbx list, and on our next visit we’ll be sure to order some extra ramen for takeout.


751 Bell Road East #9


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