It's been a long wait for Ramen Suzukiya, first expected to open last October, then December, oops, pushed back to May — and now, at long last, confirmed for dinner service Saturday, June 13. Chef/owner Katsuaki Suzuki has continued to hone his craft in the meantime, and gave Eater a sneak preview of his vision of ramen heaven. All the noodles will be painstakingly made in-house, and then cooked without fat or oil.
The restaurant seats thirteen in a communal dining experience, with limited outdoor seating planned. Takeout won't be available until July 1, as Suzuki wants to work out any kinks for a smaller crowd before taking on additional risks. Ramen bowls will cost $10, and at least one vegan option is available. See the menu pictured, and observe as Suzuki creates the flat kale noodles for the Cold Noodle Salad and a serving of the Shoyu Ramen.
229 Congress Street, Portland, (207) 761-0905, Facebook. Open 5 to 9 p.m. every night from June 13 to June 20. Regular hours begin July 21: open Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. Takeout and lunch (likely 12 to 2 p.m.) begin July 1.