When you’re craving that savoury je ne sais quoi, only a real umami hit can solve it, and what better solution than losing yourself in slurping contemplation of that seemingly endless bowl of sustenance, ramen?
Luckily, I found a solution to my near-daily desire for carbohydrates and protein: Yukiguni, the first ramen bar to open in Geneva. Every time I walk in, a warm-hearted traditional greeting of “Irasshaimasse!” emanates from the Hokkaido-native chef in the back, and the Japanese-speaking waitresses. You’d almost think to have walked into a little corner of Japan… but the real effect only really hits home when a big, steaming bowl of authentic, home-made noodles and dashi broth arrives at your table. Deep flavours, bright colours, and more than a pinch of really satisfying umami.
But wait. Soup is just for winter months, right? Wrong! Hot weather, cold weather, it’s all the same to a big bowl of Japanese ramen, chock-full of savory miso, seaweed, mushrooms, broth, and delicious noodles. To quote a fantastic movie, The Ramen Girl, “A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains and the earth, all existing in perfect harmony.” And as such, in my humble opinion, morning, noon, night, summer or winter is still a great time for ramen!
Of course, they also have a range of other Japanese food, from gyoza (dumplings) to mochi (ice cream), and even vegetarian-friendly options.