Ramen joints have popped up all over Boston. Amateras opened last year in the Leather District for ramen fans around South Station. It is a simply decorated spot with pumpkin colored walls and limited seating, reminiscent of a ramen-ya in Japan.
Amateras has a menu with four options, making ramen the name of the game. Do check the board for specials. I ordered the Yokohama Tonkotsu Ramen ($12.50), the Amateras specialty made in limited quantities. The broth was delicate, full of pork flavor without tasting of heavy grease or salt. The bones were slow cooked to extract maximum flavor. The noodles were chewy, with the right amount of bounce. My bowl came with two pork slices and half of a slow-cooked egg, topped with red onion and green vegetables.
Next came the Tanrei Shio Ramen ($12.50), where chicken is used instead of pork. It tasted like Japanese rendition of chicken noodle soup, using delicious ramen noodles. The Shio broth was even lighter, letting the flavors of the chicken shine through.
The Nagoya Maze Soba ($13.50) is a ramen served dry without a broth. The ground pork topped the soba noodles, along with onions, chives, scallions and a raw egg. You mix everything together, then dig in. The raw egg combines with the pork for a rich sauce. The pork gravy has the strongest flavor in the maze soba, compared to the lighter ramen soup broths. To get the last bit of pork and gravy, you can raise your hand and order rice after you’ve polished off the noodles.
The portions here were on the smaller side, compared to other ramen places. There are six topping choices, ranging from $1 to 1.50 to choose from, if you want more fixings atop your ramen. Topping choices include additional pork or chicken, bean sprouts, cabbage, corn, aji tamago or half-cooked eggs and green vegetables. There are three rice bowls on the menu if you don’t want ramen. Drinks include water, cold brew green tea, Ramune soda and soda.
Amateras is a welcome addition to the Boston ramen scene.
112 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
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