|A selection of sakes|
Maybe because I've tended bar myself, the first thing I noticed was a line of different bitters on the counter. Bars don't invest in those (they're not cheap) unless their bartenders know how to use them, and the folks at Buya apparently do. They also have a huge selection of Japanese whiskeys as well as other potent potables.
I didn't want to get crazy that early in the afternoon, so I stuck with a glass of unfiltered sake, which was light and smooth, and reminiscent of scotch notes, as many sakes are.
After looking over their lunch menu and not being able to decide, I spotted the "lunch special" which offered 1/2 of a ramen dish and 1/2 of an izakaya plate. Perfect! I'd been going back and forth between the two, so I selected a chicken ramen with a soft shell crab bun.
|Lunch special: 1/2 ramen, 1/2 izakaya|
Buya Ramen is a little pricier than you might expect for a "ramen restaurant" but it is totally worth it!
Number 1 restaurant in the area according to several social media sites? I am not at all surprised. Go, spend the money, and you too will be impressed. I guarantee it!
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