Much to the chagrin of restaurant owners around Chicago, those darn Melman kids never miss a trend.

The latest example: Ramen-san, their new Hubbard Street ramen restaurant, follows in the wake of Ajida in the Loop and Kameya in Lincoln Park. (FYI: It’s located in the former bar area of Studio Paris; the Melmans built a brick wall to separate the spaces.)

While we loved all seven of the pork, chicken and brisket ramen options on the menu (each made with wavy Tokyo noodles), our favorite items actually had nothing to do with noodles. (Though we recommend the pork tonkotsu with the dreamy molten egg if you do go with soup.)

Our top two dishes were the pillowy-soft, taco-shaped fried chicken mantou buns ($3 each) and the raw tuna app ($13), which combined tartare-like chopped tuna, avocado and tempura corn.

And even though we’re not typically sake fans, we took our waiter’s advice and ordered the citrusy Aragoshi Yuzu sake, served over ice ($9). BEST. DECISION. EVER.

59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-377-9950 or ramensan.com

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