Just in time for this Polar Vortex-like weather, Edo Ramen has officially opened its doors in Royal Oak.
Situated at 4313 W. 13 Mile, the 3,000-square-foot shop is housed in what formerly was the V&M Polish Kitchen and before that, Fiddlehead’s Restaurant and Bar.
The menu spans different Asian traditions from Japan, the Philippines, and Hawaii with its selection of ramen, poke salads. Guests can choose between straight forward dishes like the “Traditional” ramen — with pork, scallion, egg, seaweed, fish cake and bean sprouts, to subtle riffs off classic American influences like the the “Nashville” ramen bowl, featuring fried chicken and sweet sausage.
For the poke section, customers can have the raw fish salad served as a “martini” in a glass, a lettuce wrap or in taco form in tortillas.
While Asian fusion is nothing new in Metro Detroit, what stands out here is the small selection of Filipino dishes, which are in short supply around here. There’s the “Adobo” with chicken and pork, the “Daing Bangus” — fish marinated in vinegar and garlic — and the “Longonisa,” a Pinoy sweet sausage — all served over a bed of white rice, pineapple slaw, eggs and soup and salad.
Co-owner Greg Vartanian says fellow co-owner and veteran chef Eddie Bautista honed his skills in sushi-making in Japan and Seattle and locally at Little Tree Sushi Bar, also in Royal Oak. In the coming months, he’ll roll out a selection of specials that pay homage to his Filipino heritage.
Edo is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is available for sit-down and carryout service.
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