Tamashii Ramen has been around OKC since 2015 – and it was really the first true ramen spot OKC had. It is no secret that OK does not have the most diverse food scene, but it is working its way there with so many delicious, diverse spots opening more and more. Tamashii has been on my list for a long time and I remember always wanted to go there when they first opened, but shortly after their opening I moved to Seattle and eating here just never happened for me. That is until I moved back and this spot was very high on my list. I was a little nervous since I had been eating some of the best ramen in Seattle over the years, so my bar was set pretty high.
I chose one of the hottest days so far this summer to go try this spot. I don’t know what I was thinking, perhaps the heat was affecting my ability to make decisions. But alas, I made my way here and honestly I have no regrets eating this on a hot day. We grabbed two ramen and two appetizers. To start, we ordered the Chicken Karaage and the Gyoza. Karaage is a super popular dish with boneless chicken fried to perfection and typically served with a dipping sauce – a mayo or some sort and a lemon for some tang. Tamashii offers 3 different dipping sauces – miso dressing, spicy mayo and truffle mayo. I couldn’t decide so I got the Miso and Truffle Mayo. Overall the chicken was tender, but it was a little disappointing. I thought the breading was too thick and it didn’t have that super crunchy, crispy bite. More is less here, so more breading would have helped get that outer crust you want in fried chicken. And while I enjoyed the dipping sauces, they didn’t pair super well with this. The truffle mayo was overpowering with truffles and the miso was really smooth and rich, but didn’t go well with the chicken. I probably wouldn’t order this again – 6/10. The gyoza on the other hand were incredible. They were so juicy and tender and they burst with flavor when you bite into them. The dipping sauce was also perfectly balanced – salty and tangy, exactly what you want! 10/10 would order again!
Next for the ramen. I got the Garlic Ramen and we also ordered the Spicy Ramen – which y’all already know I didn’t eat because I am a wimp with spice, but it was thoroughly enjoyed. The Garlic Ramen comes with 4 types of garlic, so make sure you really LOVE garlic before ordering it because they do not play. It also comes with pork, green onions, marinated bamboo, seasoned soft boiled egg, fried garlic and black garlic oil. HOLY omg – the broth was so creamy and thick and had such a strong garlic flavor but it didn’t overpower. The noodles were chewy and soft. But my absolute favorite was the soft boiled egg. It has so much flavor and was perfectly jammy. This was absolutely some of the best ramen I have had and would go back again and again for all my ramen needs. They actually brought us the wrong order first, so we ended up with 4 bowls of ramen, but we weren’t too mad about it and had plenty of leftovers for the next day (well really later that night lol).
If you are in OKC and need a ramen fix, don’t sleep on this spot. For their full menu, click here.