Ramen, Beer Bar
Price Range : $11-30 ($$)
Adress: 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd Ste 112, Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (770) 476-1212
- turned_in_notVegan OptionsYes
- list_altTakes ReservationsYes
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsYes
- thumb_upGood ForLunch, Dinner
- local_parkingParkingPrivate Lot
- directions_bikeBike ParkingNo
- turned_in_notWheelchair AccessibleYes
- accessibilityGood for KidsYes
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- volume_upNoise LevelAverage
- local_barAlcoholBeer & Wine Only
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVYes
- turned_in_notDogs AllowedNo
- turned_in_notWaiter ServiceYes
(Heads up this a sit down eat in review, I've been here multiple times and have ordered multiple things as well as food and alcohol)
While out in Duluth with some friends we stumbled onto this little red shop glass door next to multiple other fancier looking restaurants, this one stood out. First off the interior of the restaurant is very spacious and flowy, plenty of room to walk around or go to the bathroom without bumping into people. Its kept cold but not too cold, they even leave the front door open but surprisingly have no flies or bugs around. The lights mixed with the wood furniture give off a glowing feel and help bring in some modern touches to it. i will say the seating is rough on the butt, so don't expect to be sitting comfy or on a soft surface. Another less sanitary thing I've noticed is on the table they offer plastic chopsticks in a container that are completely uncovered, this drove me away from eating with them because some of them were dirty from sitting out in the open or not being washed properly. Didn't take long to be seated in which we were asked what we wanted to drink and given complimentary water. After ordering it didn't take long to receive the food at all (10 mins) in which we were presented with a white plate on a black tray that highlighted the contrast between the tray and food we were eating. It looked very very professional, and actually put together with caution to not mess up the way it looks before eating, making it more appealing to eat.
After receiving the food in a very well done presentation. The amount they give you is not generous but not to little. Note I ordered the curry katsu which comes with white rice, cabbage and a small soup in a cup. The curry katsu is breaded deep fried pork topped with a mix of vegetables and curry. The rice comes on the side, bowl shaped and toped with some season. The cabbage also comes on the side topped with some sauce.
(Curry Katsu) The best part of the meal by far, the good amount of katsu they give you with curry on top is highly flavorful. i will say that the taste of the ktsu alone can get kind of bland, because the curry really forms well mixed with the katsu. another downfall of the katsu is that sometimes the bread will slide or peal off and this can be a bit unappetizing at times.
(Rice) The rice is prepped in a round bowl shaped and topped with some season. Yes, it is white rice and you don't have a choice of getting another kind but it fits the meal very well. Another recommendation i would say is to mix it with the curry and katsu but piece by piece and not all at once. This keep the rice from being dry because of the moisture from the curry sauce.
(Cabbage) The cabbage is just enough to balance the meals need of green from all the white and brown covering the plate. The cabbage does have some kind of sauce on top of it but i don't recall what kind, but it does fit it pretty well. I recommend to eat is separately from the rest of the dish because of how light, cold, and fresh it taste provides a nice pallet cleanser before eating the katsu or drinkings the miso soup.
(Miso Soup) The miso soup was a nice side touch to the meal, and honestly don't even needs to be touched but it wasn't salty and complimented most of the meal for the most part.
If you're looking for a great place to meet up with friends and have a quick lunch, or just want some authentic tasting Japanese food or ramen, ide definitely suggest going here.
(Cons) A bit unsanitary when it comes to there chopsticks, can be a bit bland at times.
(Pros) Great service, A wide array of food to choose from, very good for the price, serves alcoholic beverages, and fast delivery + seating.
Decor was ok, nothing memorable, but the place did feel clean.
The Tonkatsu ramen was mediocre, with the broth lacking flavor and the noodle were very standard. My first piece of chashu (pork) was very delicious, but my second piece had a weird taste to it. After finishing the ramen it did not leave a lasting impact on the overall meal.
The Takoyaki was very different than other resturants and had a very nice twist to the regular takoyai. It was crispy and flavored well to my taste.
Tonkatsu Ramen +Extra Egg +Bamboo Shoots
I hate to be blunt, but Raku is the most mediocre ramen I have ever eaten. I along with the rest of my siblings ordered the Tonkatsu ramen, and we all agreed that there was nothing special about it. The broth looked like it would be creamy, but it was completely tasteless and even borderline watery. The noodles were thin and spongy and tasteless as well. Honestly, all the toppings were tasteless. I enjoyed the egg and the pork, but you can't really go wrong with either of those. Too bad there's only two slices of pork in there. I had to put two scoops of chili pepper in my ramen to try to give it some flavor so that I could even eat it. The only thing that did though is make it slightly spicy, but still flavorless for the most part.
I think Raku is too pricey for how mediocre their ramen is. Our meal was $95 for 6 of us to eat. Not to mention, we ALL chose the Tonkatsu ramen because that was the ONLY one that came with an egg. Otherwise it's an extra $2 for one. That seems a little ridiculous to me considering there's hardly any toppings to begin with.
To top it off, they include a 18% gratuity charge for parties larger than 5. I'm sorry, but that's just a little too high for food that isn't even good especially when the menu items are already pricey. I generally tip well, but I like to make the decision on my own, not be forced to do so. I don't believe restaurants should charge more than 15% base gratuity. Especially when service was just okay as well. She didn't really check on us except to take our orders, bring us food, and bring us the check.
The only reason I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 is because one of us got rice, and that wasn't bad. And also service was friendly, just not impressive. I wouldn't have had a problem with the service had we not been charged 18% gratuity.
Ordered for delivery yesterday for lunch. I got the Curry Chicken Tonkatsu. It was really good. The curry is thick and flavorful. The Chicken was perfectly crispy. The salad was fresh and delicious. I will definitely try the tempura udon and ramen noodles next time.
Located in a strip mall setting filled with different asian stores that includes many restaurants. Parking can easily be found in the mall.
Raku is located on the corner of the building and has an english board sign (few places here do not have english signs).
The menu is short and simple that includes very few main options of ramen, appetizers and couple of other varieties.
While the service was good, the food here is mediocre. I've had much better ramen at other places in Atlanta. The chicken katsu was quiet crunchy and cooked well. However lacked flavor.
Prices are $$. Not a place that i would be visiting again.