The Karai Ramen is typically served spicy, but you can adjust the level of spiciness to your liking. However, I highly recommend getting it spicy, as the garlic yuzu chili sauce that is used to add the heat also packs a lot of flavor.
You get to pick what protein comes with the Karai Ramen. Trust me here, though, and pick the chashu pork, which is pork belly that has been seasoned and braised for several hours. It’s fatty and delicious, and you should probably go ahead and order an extra side of it, because you’re going to want more.
In addition to the tonkotsu ramen bowls, there are chicken and vegetarian ramen dishes, so don’t be scared if pork isn’t your preferred flavor. And if you’re not into ramen at all, there are plenty of other options to choose from, including a variety of handrolls. (The spicy tuna handroll is not to be missed.) Handrolls are a type of sushi, and Karai serves its handrolls open-face on a sheet of nori, so you can wrap them yourself. You’ll also find rice bowls, sandwiches, sushi and a selection of hot and cold small plates. This is one of the ways Karai differs from traditional ramen restaurants. Typically, ramen places only serve ramen, but the menu at Karai is large and varied. There is also a full bar. Even if someone isn’t a ramen addict, there’s something on the menu at Karai they’ll like. However, I have a hunch that if they try the ramen, they’ll quickly become a convert.