I’ve probably said this already, but we’ve been on a real ethnic eats kick lately. I think it’s because alt.eats.columbus keeps discovering great new places, and we’re always willing to follow their lead. So after they posted about a new place called Meshikou on Bethel Road (an area loaded with good ethnic eats), we headed there on a blustery October Saturday to warm up with ramen.
The location fits the comfort of the food. Heavy wood accents, semi-dark lighting. A quiet and comfortable place (even when it’s busy) to slurp some ramen.
The pork belly steam buns are a simple starter. They’re very easy to like.
One of the real stand-outs – aside from the ramen itself – is the karaage, a small appetizer basket of fried chicken.
The chicken was exactly what I crave: salty, peppery, and crunchy breading, very juicy meat. The dipping sauce is great, but the chicken is good enough without it.
We split two bowls of ramen. First was the shio chintan, a chicken broth with corn, slices of pork belly, mushrooms, scallions, and soft boiled egg. This was ideal for our boys – very rich but very balanced.
The real winner of the morning was the shoyu tonkotsu ramen. It mixes a beef and chicken broth, with slices of pork belly, egg, and fish cake. It’s incredibly rich and warming. I foresee many bowls of this – and all of the dishes – as the cold weather continues.
Want to visit? You’ll find Meshikou in the Bethel Centre mall, surrounded by other good ethnic eateries, and around the corner from the excellent Los Guachos.