K Ramen. Burger. Beer.: Innovative Victory

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If you have ever been to a restaurant owned/operated by SBE, you will know that red-carpet treatment is the common denominator no matter what cuisine the restaurant specializes in. The associates all greet you with a warm smile and open arms, making you feel right at home as if you were in your own castle. But every now and then, even royalty needs some time to relax and unwind.

In the manor that is known as Katsuya Glendale, there is a new, almost secret, restaurant located on the second floor: K Ramen. Burger. Beer. Sticking with the chic elegance that Katsuya brings, the familiarity of the S+arck-inspired decor keeps you at ease while giving you a more relaxed atmosphere with communal style benches overlooking the beautiful fountains and shops at The Americana at Brand. As my photographer, Antonio Espino and I were invited to experience the food, it was time to let our hair down and unwind on the patio to begin our journey on the road to complete satiation.

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Although the menu is smaller than the one that can be found at Katsuya, it still offers enough options to satisfy every palate. From panko breaded, extremely tender calamari with wasabi cocktail sauce and 1 pound of sweet and spicy, glazed chicken wings, to Korean-inspired, as well as Japanese-style, ramen, the options are abundant.

 

Panko-Crusted Calamari with Wasabi Cocktail Sauce

Panko-Crusted Calamari with Wasabi Cocktail Sauce

 

1 pound of sweet and spicy Glazed Chicken Wings

1 pound of sweet and spicy Glazed Chicken Wings

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy bite (or maybe you are trying to convince your friend(s) to start eating sushi and are looking for an easy gateway so that you can keep going to Katsuya/K Ramen. Burger. Beer.) the poke bowls are the most ideal choice. The menu offers three amazing choices:

Spicy Creamy Tuna Poke (front): Tuna sashimi and avocado, Ichimi Togarashi (red pepper flakes), and a mild, creamy mayo-based sauce

Spicy Creamy Tuna Poke (front): Tuna sashimi and avocado, Ichimi Togarashi (red pepper flakes), and a mild, creamy mayo-based sauce

 

Albacore in Ponzu Ginger Sauce with Mango and Macadamia: Albacore sashimi and ponzu sauce, shredded coconut, large chunks of macadamia nuts and mangos to add great flavors and texture

Albacore in Ponzu Ginger Sauce with Mango and Macadamia: Albacore sashimi and ponzu sauce, shredded coconut, large chunks of macadamia nuts and mangos to add great flavors and texture

 

Snapper and Kale in Yuzu Ginger Sauce: Red Snapper sashimi, kale, and avocado, finished off in a Yuzu Ginger dressing  for the absolute healthy option, very similar to a salad

Snapper and Kale in Yuzu Ginger Sauce: Red Snapper sashimi, kale, and avocado, finished off in a Yuzu Ginger dressing for the absolute healthy option, very similar to a salad

Let’s say that you are not feeling sushi or sashimi but would rather have a burger and a beer to watch the game with your friends and would rather not feel left out and are not daring enough to bring outside food with you (not that it is allowed, anyway). Well, it just so happens that there are two fantastic burgers right on the menu!

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In addition to the burger, a chicken sandwich is also offered. The Chicken Karaage (prounounced KAH-rah-AH-geh) Sandwich, which is a Japanese-style fried chicken in sandwich form, has the qualities and flavors very similar to a pulled pork sandwich with a crunchy texture. With a lightly dressed slaw, bbq sauce, very similar to tonkatsu sauce (Japanese-style bbq sauce), and tator tots drizzled in duck fat, it is sure to make a winning combo that never disappoints.

 

The Chicken Karaage Sandwich: Chicken karaage, lightly dressed slaw, zesty bbq sauce

The Chicken Karaage Sandwich: Chicken karaage, lightly dressed slaw, zesty bbq sauce

Finally, onto the heavy hitter: Ramen. Not only does K Ramen. Burger. Beer. execute ramen extremely well, but it also offers something a little more unique that is not so easy to find at “traditional” ramen houses: a chicken-based broth. While the Tonkatsu Style Pork Ramen offers the traditional pork broth, the other three types (Black Miso Ramen, Shoyu with Chicken Chashu, and Lobster Ramen) offer a chicken-based broth making it more approachable in a time where diets are extremely particular.

Signature Lobster Ramen: Traditional noodles with golden chives, Korean pepper flakes,green onion, marinated egg and a healthy portion of lobster.

Signature Lobster Ramen: Traditional noodles with golden chives, Korean pepper flakes,green onion, marinated egg and a healthy portion of lobster

 

Black Miso Ramen: Similar to black bean noodles, this ramen incorporates thick noodles similar to Tsukemen style ramen with ground chicken ground chicken. Rich and decadent!

Black Miso Ramen: Similar to black bean noodles, this ramen incorporates thick noodles similar to Tsukemen style ramen with ground chicken ground chicken. Rich and decadent!

 

Tonkatsu-style Ramen: Traditional thin noodles, marinated egg, extremely tender pork, seaweed, and ginger

Tonkatsu-style Ramen: Traditional thin noodles, marinated egg, extremely tender pork, seaweed, and ginger

 

Shoyu with Chicken Chashu (top left corner): Offers a lighter soup base, almost similar to udon with the thicker ramen noodles, and generous portions of chicken and a marinated egg

Shoyu with Chicken Chashu (top left corner): Offers a lighter soup base, almost similar to udon with the thicker ramen noodles, and generous portions of chicken and a marinated egg

So if you ever find yourself experiencing hunger while walking around The Americana at Brand like the royalty that you are and want an elegant meal where you can let your hair down, (but will also save you some money that you can spend on your wardrobe… or perhaps another crown/tiara?) try spending some time at K Ramen. Burger. Beer. and enjoy being treated like celebrity in the comfort of seclusion with delicious food.

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