If you haven’t noticed, the evenings are warming up, skies are practically cloudless and the sun is taking its sweet time vanishing into the horizon. ‘Tis the season— Hollywood Bowl season that is. And for me, the new season is simply a great reason to eat under the stars with the best dinner tunes the Bowl has to offer. (Beats a strolling violin at an Italian joint any day.)
I was lucky enough to sample some of the 2013 season’s food offerings—all prepared by the Patina Restaurant Group—and was very happy to see that sushi is still one of the Bowl's strong points. Master sushi chef Travis Kamiyama has been running the sushi part of the Bowl’s show for the past 10 seasons.
But it was ramen, the noodle of the moment, that was the pleasant surprise for me. It seems like only last season the focus was on Vietnamese portable eats like banh mi. The ramen here, however, is soup-less and chilled. Sweet and refreshing, julienned spring onions, invigorating cucumber slices, and meaty shiitake mushrooms swirl around with sweet soy-soaked ramen noodles. Gives new meaning to Bowl of ramen.
And what could be more musical than the sound of slurping ramen? As Shakespeare himself once belched "if music be the food of love, play on..."
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