One of the only authentic Ramen eateries in El Paso, Nishi Ramen is bringing a taste of Japan to the Union Plaza district of Downtown El Paso (DTEP). Ramen, often a bargain meal found in most college dorm rooms is said to have its roots in China, and was known as Shina Soba (Chinese Soba) until the 1950’s and was popularized by the Japanese. The dish – Chinese style wheat noodles, in a soy or miso broth with a variance of protein and vegetable toppings is taken seriously in Asia. Some sources say, the first Ramen shop opened in Yokohama, Japan in 1910. Now, DTEP has its own Ramen shop.
This week we squeezed into the back-of-the-house to speak with Executive Chef, Enrique Lozano about Nishi Ramen, as well as getting a demonstration on how the bowl of deliciousness is made.
Co-owner Joe Jimenez told us, “Ramen is something you can have once and completely fall in love with it.”
Jimenez told us, the pair have a genuine passion for this type of food and just want the restaurant to focus on the execution of the food while giving the public a comfortable environment to enjoy it.
“Simply, as locals we love downtown,” said Jimenez, adding, “The city and DMD have made great strides in the past few years and we felt this was the only place to open our first one. We don’t have a culinary district per se in El Paso and we feel like Union Plaza specifically can become one. You already have a great restaurant down here with Tabla, we’re throwing our hat in the mix and hope to inspire other local young restaurant entrepreneurs to come down here as well.”
Nishi Ramen’s First weekend (July 7-9) will be open only for dinner starting at 5pm. Regular hours will be Thursday and Friday lunch from 12pm to 3pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm.
For more information please visit Nishi Ramen on Facebook
Location: 504 W. San Antonio Ste. B