Japanese grill and ramen house comes to Naperville
Japanese dining almost immediately conjures up images of sushi, but soon-to-open Umai Aji-Ya at 760 N. Rte. 59 in Naperville (630 423-7744) specializes instead in another Asian specialty — ramen noodles.
Here, noodles are created from scratch and from premium-quality ingredients. There are six different styles — shoyu (soy sauce), shio (sea salt), miso (fermented soy bean), spicy miso, tonkatsu (pork), and a newly devised vegan ramen. Fresh proteins, including chicken, beef, shrimp and tofu, as well as crunchy vegetables, add to the broth base to make hearty, flavorful dishes.
Beyond ramen, Umai Aji-Ya serves hibachi-style barbecue. Grilled meats are served on skewers with a choice of sauces, from sweet to savory and from mild to spicy hot. There’s also a selection of appetizers, ranging from gyoza dumplings and crispy Brussels sprouts to Japanese style nachos.
“It’s a place that’s comfortable and casual and brings people together,” says general manager Derek Marx, a 20-year food industry veteran, describing the restaurant’s dark-wood walls, full bar and seating for 90 at booths and tables. “And ramen” he adds, “is hot right now.”Edit Module