Uncommon Ramen with Alex Seidel

Our monthly ramen celebration continued in June with guest chef Alex Seidel of Denver’s Fruition Restaurant, Fruition Farms, and Mercantile Dining and Provision. The multi-award winning chef, farmer and cheese maker is known for his take on seasonally inspired, elevated comfort food. And since ramen is our ultimate comfort food, we couldn’t wait to get his take on it.

Seidel, who features hand-made pasta on his menus, is no stranger to getting maximum flavor out of the humblest of dishes, and his ramen was no exception. His creation: A Tonkatsu broth with shrimp cottechino, ramp custard, kimchi, and puffed grain furikake. Perfect for a summer ramen night, the light broth had strong notes of garlic and fresh citrus. The puffed furikake added a delicious kick and crunch. And the kimchi finished the dish with a solid umami flavor.

Each chef we host in our kitchen brings a fresh burst of energy and inspiration to our whole team. This month’s featured craft cocktail was created by Hunter, and inspired by the Arnold Palmer, a Texas summer classic. The adult version featured Pisco, Yuzu honey and ice tea. It was bright, refreshing and perfect for sipping on the best patio in Dallas (ours).

If you haven’t yet joined us for one of our Uncommon Ramen Chef Pop-ups, there are a few things you should know. First—reservations go fast, so make sure you reserve your seat online, or by calling the restaurant directly. Second, not everyone in your party has to be down with ramen. Along with our featured and worshiped dish, we serve an abbreviated version of the regular menu, so you and your crew can still experience a variety of dishes and flavors throughout the evening. In addition, while we always feature a special cocktail, we’re happy to serve anything from our menu of craft cocktails, Japanese whisky, craft beers, and curated wines and sake.

One of the best parts about Uncommon Ramen is that a portion of the proceeds support Promise of Peace Gardens, a local nonprofit working to establish community gardens in vacant spaces throughout North Texas. You can learn more about their work here.

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Next up: Monday July 29 th we’ll be welcoming Portland’s own Chef BJ Smith of Kim Jong Smokehouse, and Smokehouse Provisions, which he recently closed to open Smitty’s Original Coney Island, a version of his parents’ restaurant in Indiana. If you’re a Top Chef fan, you’ll recognize Smith from season 14. Smith’s talents and passions are diverse and personal – and we can’t wait to see what he does with our beloved ramen!

Amanda Woodward