A new Japanese noodle and small plates restaurant, Ichi Japanese Ramen House (1913 Royal St., 504-948-6670), is now open in the Marigny at the former site of SukhoThai (www.sukhothai-nola.com). It's the latest restaurant from the owners of the Little Tokyo (www.littletokyonola.com) chain.
The menu features traditional takes on the Japanese staple, including a classic tonkotsu ramen, made with pork bone broth, thick slices of pork belly, green onions, spinach, bean sprouts, garlic, fried onions, a soft-boiled egg and rayu, a spicy chili oil. Other noodle bowls include ramen with buttered corn, curry ramen and a version topped with melted cheese. Small plates feature izakaya dishes, or Japanese bar snacks, including shumai, pork buns and gyoza. The restaurant will add vegetarian ramen dishes in coming weeks.
Ichi is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. Diners are encouraged to BYOB while the restaurant applies for a liquor license. The owners say the restaurant likely will stay open later on weekends.