Since 2010, chef Josh Hebert has been thrilling the Valley's ramen enthusiasts with bowls of perfectly-cooked noodles and deep, flavorful broths at his fine dining restaurant, Posh, located in Scottsdale. The only catch? You could only get Hebert's ramen one night a week, on Tuesday, when the restaurant, best-known as a spot for improvisational cuisine (as in, Hebert and his crew craft menus specifically for each guest based on his or her dining preferences), turns into a sort of ramen speakeasy.
Well, noodle fanatics, we have some good news. Starting later this summer, you'll be able to get your Posh ramen fix at least six days a week at Hot Noodles, Cold Sake, a 1,000-square-foot ramen shop Hebert hopes to open by mid-July.
The restaurant will be located at 15689 North Hayden Road, just east of the Loop 101 and south of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Hebert says he's been looking for a location to open a ramen shop for more than two years, but struggled to find a place that delivered on size and proximity to both a neighborhood and a strong lunch crowd.
"When it comes to ramen and what I want to do in Arizona, I'm kind of looking for a unicorn," Hebert says.
But he may have found it in the future Hot Noodles, Cold Sake space, which was formerly home to a Philly cheesesteak restaurant. With an abundance of nearby office buildings and a location inside a busy shopping center, Hebert hopes the restaurant will appeal to both business people and restaurant employees, as well as to residents of the surrounding North Scottsdale neighborhood.
The menu will be "small and simple," Hebert says, centered around the flavors of ramen already served at Posh's ramen night. That list includes shoyu, miso, and shrimp ramen, plus goma, a sesame-based broth that's Hebert's signature. Hebert also says the new restaurant will serve salads, gyoza, and edamame — though the chef's okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake) will remain exclusive to Posh ramen night, which will continue, "at least for now," the chef says.
Ramen, which costs $13 a bowl at Posh, may come in varying sizes for lunch and dinner, the chef says, though he's still working out the details of the restaurant's price point and offerings. Hebert may offer meals that will include ramen, a drink, and a side for $9 to $10 during lunch, and dinner meals for about $15.
The restaurant will also serve American and Japanese beers, and sake — of course — once Hebert gets a liquor license approved.
If one thing's for sure, it's that Hot Noodles, Cold Sake has been a long time coming.
"This is strictly based on the success of ramen night," the chef says of the plans for the new restaurant/ "It's pretty much outgrown one night a week."
For more information, check the Posh restaurant website.