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Dassara Ramen, Carroll Gardens

Dassara Ramen, Carroll Gardens

Dassara is not your typical ramen joint. If I had to sum it up in just one word, that word would be “Brooklyn”. Instead of the usual clean lines with wood accents ramen-ya formula, Dassara combines one part dive bar with one part Japanese hipster restaurant. Chill and relaxed, this place was made to leisurely slurp your noodles while getting boozed up in the process. I like it, I like it a lot.

Dassara Ramen, Carroll Gardens

I visited Dassara with Jay of the Dishelin Guide earlier this year as part of my Brooklyn ramen tour. Most of Dassara’s ramen is what I like to call new age ramen. Sure, they have traditional ramen broths, but it seems like a shame to pass on the more unusual, creative options. The non-ramen section of the menu also includes a number of non-traditional appetizers to go with your ramen.

Mushroom Rice Cakes, Dassara Ramen

The rice cakes ($10) normally come with Chinese sausage, but we got the vegan option with mixed wild mushrooms. Ehh, the serving was much larger than we were expecting. While the mushrooms and chili were nice, this was basically a big bowl of carbs… right before a carb heavy entree.

Tebasaki Wings

Jay got the tebasaki wings ($9), which is apparently a must order item for omnivores. (When you eat with a vegetarian, you get the entire order of wings to yourself.) Garlic marinated, twice fried, meaty chicken wings with soy black pepper sauce, honey mustard, and apple sauce. The sauces sure sound nice, but apple sauce is a bit unusual.

Dassara, unfortunately, was out of our first choice of cocktails. There were plenty of other cocktails to choose from, and we later moved on sake when it was time for slurping ramen.

Cocktails, Dassara Ramen

Omnivores have plenty of options at Dassara, including a meat on meat on meat Xi’an Ramen that sounds pretty intense terrifying. The Deli Ramen ($14) is one of their non-traditional offerings with a chicken broth, matzo ball, smoked deli meat, diced celery, scallions, and an egg. It’s more of a matzo ball soup with noodles than ramen.

Deli Ramen, Dassara Ramen

After reading about Dassara’s mushroom ramen ($12) for quite some time, I am pleased to announce that this vegetarian ramen is a new favorite of mine. Definitely pretty high up there in my veggie ramen rankings, and there’s no other bowl like it in NYC.

Mushroom Ramen, Dassara Ramen

The broth is made from mixed wild mushrooms and walnuts, creating a rich color and hearty consistency. It’s basically a mushroom gravy with oodles of chewy noodles. Same stuff that came with the rice cakes, but works much better with the noodles. Topped with more mushrooms, scallions, and a medium-boiled egg. A more unique assortment of mushroom toppings would be nice, but nevertheless, this meatless dish stole the show that night!

Mushroom Ramen, Dassara Ramen

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    Jess
    March 20, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Ah! I’m so happy you tried the mushroom ramen, Dassara is the only ramen joint I know that has a mushroom ramen and I love it. Now that I think of it, I should make a visit to Dassara again. Haven’t been there in over two years.

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      wazwu
      March 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Let me know if you plan on visiting Dassara again. There are plenty of other places I need to try, but I wouldn’t mind going back. :D

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    annie lee
    March 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    see! this is what i’m talking about waz.. T__________T it’s almost midnight here again. vegan ramen sounds verrrry delightful. the noodle looks really really chewy too…. i think i might have to take a trip to the fridge soon.

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      wazwu
      March 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Hahah, maybe I need to start sending snacks your way. ;) The mushroom ramen was really tasty, and the noodles were nice and chewy!

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    Mitzie Mee
    March 25, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Your pictures are really awesome. Is that the new camera I hear clicking? I agree about the meat ramen, they look a bit too meaty and not very ramen-ish. The mushroom ramen on the other hand looks just perfect:)

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      wazwu
      March 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks so much, it means a lot coming from you. :) Still learning how to wield the new camera, but I think it has already helped up my photography game.

      Hahah, and that meat ramen wasn’t even the meatiest one on the menu. The mushroom ramen is def one I’d go back for!

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