In Ahwatukee, an Osaka native and alum of the inventive Japanese microchain restaurant Nobu has turned to noodles, rice bowls, hand rolls, milk tea, and a few other staples. One is Takoyaki, brown-fried orbs rich and soft and cored with bits of chopped octopus, just like chef Yusuke Kuroda’s mom made growing up in Japan. Kuroda simmers a mean ramen, classic in style, both more expensive and better than your average joint. His paitan is creamy and satisfying. His rich miso unites a blend of miso pastes from Hokkaido and can hang with just about any other miso ramen in the Valley.
- Price: $$
- Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 12-9 p.m.
- Alcohol: No Alcohol
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Free, Lot available
- Call restaurant to order/pay
- Use restaurant website to order/pay