The scene Marumen Ramen Shop brings the concept of ramen restaurants to Fairfax. Marumen attracts ethnic food enthusiasts with a fun concept in a cool, modern atmosphere. Occupying an old Fairfax Pizza Hut, Marumen has completely renovated and reestablished the interior of the restaurant. It is great for families as it has spacious and secluded booths, wipeable surfaces and really nice staff. Marumen is located across from the Home Depot in Fairfax City in a standalone building. In between Old Lee Highway and Pickett Rd by Fairfax Circle, it is very convenient to Route 66, 123 and the Vienna Metro. The food Marumen focuses on Ramen! The ramen noodles you get at Marumen are not like the ones from the Styrofoam cup that you ate in college. This shop takes ramen to the next step. The ingredients include many traditional Asian items like nori, bean paste, kimchi and wakame. Although we are adventurous eaters, we were intimidated by some words on the menu. Our waitress explained everything to us and recommended the best dishes for our children. We choose a karaage fried chicken appetizer ($5) and 2 basic ramen bowls that came with eggs, meat, sprouts and seaweed. Both blew our minds – they were delicious, unusual and complex. Our kids were excited because the waitress brought us complimentary steamed edamame sprinkled with the most delicious salt. Opening these and eating the beans is very fun for young children while we waited less than 5 minutes for our bowls. Seven Ramen bowl choices are available and there are many ways to make it signature by adding (or removing) toppings. The broth is signature to the store and is prepared for fourteen hours. It has a very rich taste to it and is NOT spicy. Each ramen bowl is for one person but is definitely enough for 2 to share. The prices range from $10 to $12. The kid appeal Ramen is very mild and by nature is very kid-friendly. There are no kid meals or specials available but a small bowl of noodles can be ordered on the side. The owner told us they’re thinking about adding some options for children. Plenty of high chairs were available and the shop has enough open space that having disruptive children is not distracting for other diners. The shop has a low-key, warm and welcoming atmosphere. The waitresses loved children and gave us no worries or stress! The store conveys a very hip and fun feeling for families or singles. Tuesday is the best day for families because of the Snocream Bus parked outside. High chairs/boosters Yes Changing table Yes in both restrooms. Review and photos by Andrea Verwys on July 22, 2015.


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