May 22, 2023 - Things to Do

Ramen chain serves slurp-able spoonfuls in new, central Phoenix spot

A black bowl filled with dark broth, noodles, pork slices, green onions and a hard boiled egg.

A bowl of JINYA Tonkotsu Black. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

I've been driving past the soon-to-be-opened site of JINYA Ramen Bar's second Arizona location on Central Avenue north of Camelback Road, waiting for it to open.

  • That day finally came last week when I popped in to grab some ramen to go.
  • My wife has been eager to try it too, especially since it's so hard to find good vegetarian ramen, so we ended up going back for dinner on Saturday.
  • JINYA already has one Arizona location in downtown Chandler, and the new central Phoenix restaurant is the Los Angeles-based chain's 56th in North America, JINYA wrote on its Facebook page.

What we ordered: My first time around, I got the Tonkotsu Spicy, which has sliced pork in pork broth, thick noodles, green onions, bean sprouts, and kikurage — a type of mushroom popularly used in ramen — and I added a seasoned egg.

  • I also tried the JINYA Tonkotsu Black, which is similar but includes garlic oil, garlic chips, and fried onions.
  • My wife ordered the creamy spicy vegan version with tofu bathed in vegetable broth.
  • We tried some tempura Brussels sprouts, too.

The verdict: I ordered my first dish spicy, but there was so much flavor that the spice didn't overpower it.

  • The black ramen was unique — not spicy, but very flavorful.
  • We agreed that JINYA was probably the best ramen we've ever had.

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