Goma Tei Ramen: A Kid-Friendly Oahu Option?

Goma Tei Ramen

It’s almost March! Which means very soon we’ll be hopping on a plane, heading to Japan for a month! This will be our first trip overseas for the year, and we can hardly wait. We’ve been reading up on Japanese culture, what to see & do in all the cities we’re going to visit, and of course eating Japanese in preparation for all the Japanese food we’re going to eat!

After a long walk around Nordstroms Rack and TJ Maxx the other day, Jaf wanted soup for lunch, so we decided to get some ramen. We went over to the Ward Centre and walked into Goma Tei Ramen.

goma teiIt wasn’t too crowded, which was unusual for a Thursday afternoon lunch, but worked in our favor because we were starved! We were happy to be seated right away.

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Japanese on the menu, too 🙂

Since we’ve never eaten here before, we asked the server to recommend the most popular ramen and popular rice based dish.  He recommended the Tan Tan Ramen (most popular) and the Katsu Curry Rice.

As we sat and waited for our order to arrive, I noticed that others who walked in after us were being served much quicker. When you have a young-un who’s 2) hungry, he notices everything!

“Mommy, they came after us! How come they are eating before me?”

Ten chopsticks, 3 complaints from Jaf, and 25 minutes later our food finally arrived.

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Making Chopstick Houses Part I

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Making Chopstick Houses Part 2

The curry was delicious but little man decided the plate was much to big for him to even look at and slid it over for Mom to eat.

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Katsu Curry with Rice

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“I can’t eat all this?! You eat it”

I thought the ramen was tasty, very different than usual soup broths…I can’t even describe it. It was great by my standards, until Jaf had a go and said

“It’s tastes burnt Mom?!”
(uh, what?)
“It tastes like burnt peanut butter!”

How would he even know what burnt peanut butter tastes like??

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I thought it was yummy… But whose blog is this anyway?!

He then asked for a bowl, scooped out the ramen, and began eating it plain.

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“Just want the noodles, no sauce Mom.”

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“My mouth feels better already.”

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Got a thumbs up!

“That’s much, much better Mom. You want some?”

No thanks I said as I gobbled down my curry… 🙂  As he finished up the last of his ramen, he thanked me ever so politely, took a sip of ice water and gave me a thumbs up.  

It’s definitely a great place for lunch or dinner for adults, but not for children. It’s not a kid-friendly venue, meaning they are often busy and in a rush to get you in and out as soon as possible. If your children are slow eaters, I think it would drive them nuts! 🙂

Goma Tei Ramen Restaurant
Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
(808) 591-9188
www.gomatei.com

No Reservations * Take Out * Credit Cards Accepted * Casual * Not for Large Groups

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