Vegan Ramen Shop could be something extraordinary in Japan. But not in Warsaw where more and more vegan places continue to thrive.
This phenomenon has recently been noticed by Happycow.net which listed Warsaw in the third place of the most vegan-friendly cities (after Berlin and Los Angeles).
That is why founders of Vegan Ramen Shop – Maja Święcicka, Basia Walento and Krzysztof Lesiecki had nothing to be worried about. They caught the high tide. Judging by the number of people dining in their tiny place in Saska Kępa, where you may have a problem with finding free tables, they have already achieved success. Luckily, MFRMGR architects who designed the interior, were able to squeeze as much as possible from this tiny space.
What is the reason of this abundance in vegan restaurants in Warsaw? Maja: We missed vegetarian dishes in restaurants which we visited. That is why, with Krzysiek, we started experimenting in the kitchen and thinking about our own restaurant. We love animals and we don’t want to make money on their suffering. We have such a wide variety of vegetables in Poland. My sister who lives in New York every time she passes by our greengrocery shop is enchanted with the smell of it.
Ramen was Majka’s and Krzysiek’s dream about Asia. They were preparing local dishes even though they hadn’t visited the place yet. Fellow cuisine expert, Japanese Kohei Yagi, when he learnt about their plans of opening a restaurant with vegan ramen his reaction was short and blunt: „Are you crazy?!” However, he helped to master the recipes and it worked! Restaurants with only vegetarian ramen are still an exception in Japan. Classical broth is made of meat. Nevertheless, vegan revolution reaches also there.
Vegan Ramen Shop menu is short but well prepared. When we were thinking what to choose Maja recommended: Take Spicy Miso Ramen if you like something spicy. Clear Shoyu Ramen is clear broth made of six types of mushrooms. It is deep but mild. Creamy Shio Ramen more creamy and mushrooms concentrate in flavour. Japanese will confirm that this is the type of ramen they prepare at home. This one I recommend for the beginning.