Jinya, one of our favorite ramen places in the D.C. area, just opened up a brand new location at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda/Rockville, Maryland, and we couldn’t be happier. Our taste buds are very familiar with their Logan Circle location in Washington. What’s not to like with a large selection of ramen, small plates, and cocktails? We were very excited when Jinya invited us to attend a soft lunch VIP/Media party. We are always happy to visit a new place and share our honest reviews, even if food is free. One of the big things that makes this location so unique is the beautiful hand-painted mural.
Ramen Slurpy Time
This is a ramen place, and we are here to have some Ramen, so we are all about slurping that broth and those noodles. We sampled some of Jinya’s most popular ramen during the event, including the Chicken Ramen, Spicy Vegan Ramen, and Jinya Konkatsu Black Ramen. Out of the three, the Konkatsu Black is still our favorite. It’s more on the traditional side with miso broth, but it works so well. We especially love the perfectly prepared steamed eggs. After a chat with the owner, we learned that it’s tough to make a perfect steamed egg. We appreciate their hard work by ordering extra ones every time ;).
Fun Times with Friends
Like any nomnom experience, ramen needs to be shared with friends. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy more food and drinks from Jinya’s vast menu.
Small Plates & Starters
We are huge fans of Jinya’s appetizers and small plates. While they create very traditional ramen, their side orders are many more adventurous with things like Spicy Salmon Tacos. They also have a traditional starter/street food treat called Takoyaki, which is probably our favorite town. We recommend the fried chicken, which has just the right amount of crisp and a little bit of fat.
It’s not a celebration without some fancy, colorful cocktails. Those at Jinya are happy to make as many for us as our drunky tummies can take.