Laundry – cleaning – keeping dependents alive – other post vacation activities – EATING: No matter how chaotic life may be, one must feed the vessel that participates in life’s chaotic dance party. Can I get a witness?
And so, I present to you Gato Arigato, a pop up ramen shop in Candler Park for your feasting pleasure.
No, I did not throw on some dirty clothes from the laundry hamper, nor did I ply my children with ipods to consume the above meal (John and I actually managed to enjoy a real life date sans babies for that occasion), but the memory of it is keeping my spirits alive as I write this and while my mind and body re-acclimate to life before vacation. *child #2 requested water no less than 1 billion times during hasty post draft. Whininess may have been due to skipping her nap that I failed to facilitate because I was, again, frantically banging out this post. Yay, for resilience of dehydrated young ones, though, I predict paying for the skipped nap in more than water.
My brain and typing fingers are not functioning at top speed, so I’d like to continue with some oh-so-classy bullet points if I may:
- Gato Arigato is a pop up restaurant within Gato Bizco in Candler Park serving inventive Japanese dishes by Korean American chef, Allen Suh
- BYOB: We brought along some soju and sake (pictured above), and the sake made for a magical pairing with the ramen. Lucky break as I purchased it at Hmart solely based on the label art. Soju was, meh, perhaps because IT was not as cute. Just call me a connoisseur.
- We ordered the the Tako Yaki (below) and meat gyoza (not pictured) for starters. I think I have an average sized stomach, and could handle sharing both apps and a bowl of ramen without being uncomfortably full. Both apps were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. mmm.
- The spring/summer menu features two chilled ramen options: vege or tonkatsu (pork) broth. We ordered two of the pork. Though I’m sure the meatless broth is tasty, and we rarely order the same thing as this is counter active to sampling, neither of us were interested in sharing tonkatsu ramen–in other words we’ve been able to cultivate “geteth thine own” intuition after nearly 9 years of marriage.
- An additional note about the broth: broths made from bones are always, always fatty. Duh, this is why they are so flavorful. So, it is not easy to serve it cold as fat solidifies into unappetizing clumps when chilled. Therefore, through culinary secrets above my intelligence (voodoo), they are able to trick the tasty pork elixir into being both cold and full flavored. AND I’d also like to add that they add a brightness that is not common to the dark, weighty (okay, greasy) broth.
- If I have failed to convey the obvious, what I am trying to say is: go get some, thank me later!
- ps. The service is generally pleasant for this hole in the wall establishment, but I am guessing regulars get more conversation out of the reticent staff. Shout out to our super nice Japanese hostess/server *virtual wave*
pro tip: arrive 15-20 minutes before open to get a booth and avoid long wait. Unless you like people watching in Candler Park or sitting at the counter (its fun to watch the chefs cook it up behind the counter and bother them with questions)
Tuesday – Thursday
7pm – 11pm
404 471 0889
1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
*disclaimer: no foods were given gratis as we are not “huge on instagram,” no boss. 😉