I can’t even tell you when it opened.
But one day, it was there. Takahashiya Tonkotsu Ramen, touting its tonkotsu-style noodles straight from Kyushu in Japan.
And let me tell you: it was stupidly good.
Every prefecture in Japan has its own variation of ramen, and in Fukuoka it’s tonkotsu. The cloudy dashi, or broth, is made from boiling pork bones, fat and collagen for hours, infusing the broth with a hearty — and distinct — pork flavor. It’s rich, it’s flavorful, it’s addictively delicious.
So when I saw that this new spot was selling tonkotsu ramen literally five miles from where I live, I put it high on my list of places to eat.
Except parking is tough — you have to find street parking on Kapahulu, and that’s never easy during lunch — and, well, a slew of new restaurants have opened in recent months, too. So it took me awhile to get there.
But I did. And here’s what my recent lunch looked like:
Takahashi Ramen, 726 Kapahulu Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Sunday; 5-10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Sunday.