Noodling Around

Tanoshii Ramen+Bar

Terri Taylor  |  Photos by Late-night hot pot at Tanoshii Ramen+Bar. Photo by Claire McCormack., Owners Chi and Joey Le. Photo by Claire McCormack.
November 22, 2013

Prowling for late-night Asian comfort food? Tanoshii Ramen+Bar serves its steamed buns, pan-fried dumplings and soupy hot pots with house-made ramen noodles until 3 am Fridays and Saturdays. The Japanese word “tanoshii” loosely translates to “joyful,” which is exactly what this husband-and-wife team, Joey and Chi Le, had in mind when they located their restaurant in burgeoning Deep Ellum. Coeval Studios cleverly designed the interior to accentuate the building’s rustic elements. “We want this to be a fun experience,” says Chi, who created Tanoshii’s menu. Each ramen bowl is built around a mound of noodles made unique by one’s choice of broth and add-on toppings. On the classic side is Tonkotsu, a silky pork soup with savory chunks of pork belly, bok choy, mushrooms and scallions. Unexpected creations include the fiery coconut curry ramen with tempura prawns and mussels, and the soothingly aromatic lemongrass chicken and dumplings. Never mind if you don’t know your nitamago (soft-boiled egg) from your menma (bamboo shoots). Tanoshii’s servers will guide you. Observe how experienced ramen lovers are contentedly slumped over their ceramic bowls, oblivious to the sound of their own air-sucking mouthfuls. Want to look like a pro? Make some noise. 2427 Commerce, 214.651.6800;