Southeast Valley residents, we have some good news. As of today, you have a new destination for ramen, soba, takoyaki, and more. The new Japanese eatery is called Nishikawa Ramen, and it's located at 1909 East Ray Road, on the southwest corner of Cooper and Ray roads in Chandler.
According to owner and chef Jay Zhou, the restaurant will be the first "authentic Japanese ramen noodle bar" in the east Valley. Zhou brings experience operating an Asian fusion restaurant in California to the new eatery.
The Nishikawa menu, which you can view below, includes six types of ramen. The list covers some of the usual varieties such as tonkotsu, miso, and a spicy version of both, as well as some more hard-to-find options such as garlic shio, spicy chicken, and a Nishikawa house black ramen that's made with pork broth.
Noodles will be made fresh in-house using a machine imported from Japan, Zhou says. In addition to ramen, Nishikawa will also serve soba and tsukemen, a noodle dish consisting of ramen noodles that are dipped in a separate bowl of soup, plus a selection of Japananese "tapas" such as gyoza, deep-fried tofu, and other small plates.
Down the line, Zhou hopes to get a liquor license for the restaurant.
The restaurant, which soft opens to the public today, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, check the Nishikawa Ramen website.