Waldo Summit Grill & Bar’s Tuesday ramen has caught on fast
It’s been a month since the Summit Grill & Bar in Waldo (500 West 75th Street) introduced “Tuesday Ramen Night,” featuring a $13 bowl of ramen noodles in a fragrant, long-simmered broth and an $8 Asian-inspired appetizer. Both dishes are the creations of chefs Po Wang and Thomas Paradise.
That culinary duo are already full-time employees of the two Summit Grill restaurants — the original location is in Lee’s Summit — owned by Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy. Lock and Molloy are committed to opening their own ramen restaurant before the end of the year. The restaurateurs are still looking for a location for the venue, and Molloy says they’re focused on Waldo or Brookside.
When the Summit Grill’s ramen restaurant opens, there will already be three similar venues in the metro, including the Columbus Park Ramen Shop near the River Market, Shio in midtown (scheduled to open on March 11) and the still-unopened Komatsu at 3951 Broadway.
“I think there will be room enough in this market for numerous ramen shops,” says Paradise, who first tasted ramen at a Chicago sushi restaurant five years ago.
Tonight’s ramen special at the Summit Grill & Bar will be Wang’s Taiwanese-style dish: “It’s kind of like a Taiwanese Bolognese,” says Paradise. “The broth is made with shrimp and chicken with the bright, robust flavors of the five-spice blend, topped with ground pork and bean curd.”
The ramen is selling out early during the Tuesday-only ramen nights, with the dish available from 4 to 9 p.m. Last week’s ramen, featuring roast pork loin, a hard-boiled egg, and nori in a vibrant broth flavored with fresh ginger, soy and scallions, was accompanied by a starter inspired by Canadian poutine: spicy kimchi piled on crispy, hot french fries.