LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 18

FOOD MARCH IS NATIONAL NOODLE MONTH! IZAKAYA WILL BOWL YOU OVER While others may be attending the rodeo, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or even planning for Spring Break, the rest of us will be breaking out the pasta and party hats for this annual celebration in honor of the ultimate comfort food. Why not celebrate at Midtown’s Izakaya? The Japanese restaurant has chosen March 1 to roll out a brand-new ramen menu featuring six of the city’s finest ramen creations, all from Izakaya Chef JEAN PHILIPPE GASTON. The nod to noodles includes Sapporo-style, Hirauchi-style and Tonkatsu-style concoctions. Among the six choices on this new menu are the Mexican-inspired Menudo Ramen, Kimchee (fermented seasoned vegetables, fish and pork), Miso (pork and fish with a miso base), Shoyu (pork and fish with a soy base) and Mazemen (chicken, mushrooms and brandy-cured foie gras). Prices run from $12–$14 per serving. Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11. That’s the day that Izakaya honors National “Eat Your Noodles Day” by dropping the price of each ramen to just $5 per serving, plus tax and gratuity. The offer is good from 11am until 4pm (depending on demand), so get there early before the ramen runs out. Located at 318 Gray at Bagby, Izakaya is an international take on famed Japanese gathering places known as izakaya – kind of a Japanese version of a tapas bar and usually identified by a large paper lantern hanging out front. At an izakaya, people meet to relax, drink and order a succession of small-portion dishes, each usually shared by the group. The meats and vegetables are grilled, roasted or boiled, although some raw items may be found. Let the amateurs have St. Patrick’s Day. Use your noodle and celebrate with ramen this month. For more information, call 713.527.8988 or visit www.htownizakaya.com. By Tim Moloney Photography by Paula Murphy 18 LOCAL | march 17