I have been searching for almost 5 years for a ramen shop in the DC area, and recently moved to Silver Spring and this place popped up on my Yelp search. I am SO glad I went. As the others below say, this is the REAL DEAL. This is the ramen I remember my mom cooking, and what we had on vacations to visit family in Japan. I'm so happy I found this place, its the total package. Be prepared to feel "rushed," remember this is a "shop" rather than a restaurant. Don't expect to spend hours on end here. The wait staff asks if you are ready to order nearly the second you sit down, and the food comes quick. They aren't trying to be rude, however. this is just the nature of this kind of place. Enjoy it, its how it really goes down in these kinds of places in Japan. I highly recommend for anyone who is looking to try some real/delicious Japanese food, or anyone who has been longing for a taste of Japan. Also, I don't think they have a liquor license because the only "beer" I saw advertised was non-alcoholic Kirin, but it was great since I'm pregnant and have been longing for a Kirin too. Kampai!
Finally! A real ramen shop in the MDW area.
Small, inauspicious location, but huge on authenticity! I lived in Japan for four years and have been on a losing hunt for the staple that I came to know and love. Ren's Ramen is a warm, comforting walk down memory lane. From the absolutely delicious bowls of noodles, to the service, to the refreshing lack of Asian kitsch décor – this place is perfect, perfect, perfect! Well worth the drive.
The best noodles I've ever had in my life!
I have long been a huge fan of Japanese food, and ramen is by far my favorite dish. Unfortunately, I have found that ramen has never had much exposure in America, and I always find myself depressed whenever I have a craving for a hot bowl of authentic Japanese ramen only to realize that there is no such place to take my business. For that reason alone, Ren's Ramen is a dream come true. But even if it weren't for that fact, I do not hesitate to say that these are the best noodles I've ever had in my life.
I had the Sapporo-style ramen with soy broth, and from the very first taste of the soup, I was hooked. The soup itself is not too salty or overbearing and fills you with a comforting warmth while you drink it. The noodles were perfectly cooked, plentiful, and delicious. Even the vegetables, which I am not usually a huge fan of, were delectable. The pork was just icing on the cake, so to speak.
If you love Japanese food or noodles in general, and especially if you have never treated yourself to authentic Japanese ramen, then you must visit this shop.
The noodles were incredible!
The noodles soup on Rens Ramen were delicious, and the service was fantastic. Thanks I will recommend those people openly.