A new Asian restaurant has opened on Fremont East, Shinya Maru Ramen & Izakaya, and we fully know what one of those words means.
Because we went to college. Not that you’d know it from our writing, of course.
Hard seats, one demerit. Bar seating for solo diners, bonus points.
Shinya is located in the Emergency Arts Building, just around the corner from another new dining option, Eureka.
Shinya is just off Fremont Street, facing El Cortez.
This location is easy to miss. The murals, not so much.
“Shinya,” it seems, can mean either “truthful one” or “late at night.”
We would’ve asked the owners which definition applies, but we were too busy stuffing our face with the amazing potstickers.
It’s possible these are named “I’ve Been Waiting for a Gyoza Like You.” We were drinking.
Yes, we know potstickers are Chinese and gyoza are Japanese. We were not born yesterday. We also have the Internet.
Shinya’s menu is teeming with cleverly-named appetizers (“Izakaya”) inspired by song titles and bands, from “I Slaw Her Standing There” and “Sgt. Shishito Peppers” to “Belly Jean Slider” and “Poutine on a Show.”
There’s also a Yakitori menu if you like your food simple and served on sticks.
While ramen is a bit of a tough sell on a 110-degree day, we weren’t going to visit a ramen restaurant without trying it, despite the fact we aren’t particularly a hot liquid person.
We’re pleased to report that the ramen is top-notch, and the fried chicken in our “Let’s Get Physical” fried chicken ramen could could go toe-to-toe with some of the best fried chicken in town.
One test of a good restaurant is whether they make you like things you don’t usually eat. Shinya qualifies.
Here’s the rest of the Shinya ramen menu.
“Ramen” is a Japanese word that comes from two Chinese words meaning “to pull” and “noodles.” Which reminds us to make an appointment for a massage.
Shinya has a full bar, of course, because in Las Vegas it’s the law.
“Maru” means “circle” in Japanese. Which is what we do when we enter a restaurant with a bar.
The signature cocktail menu only has five options, but they cover a lot of ground. Cocktails include berry sangria, Caribbean sangria, mojito (strawberry, peach and mango), Mai Tai and
Bonus: All the signature cocktails are less than six bucks.
There are also non-alcoholic beverages, although if you order something on this side of the menu, you’re doing Vegas wrong.
You’re not boring, you’re just alternatively interesting.
Desserts come in the form of macaron ice cream. They’re kept in a freezer just inside the entrance so they’ll be on your mind the whole time you’re dining. At just $3.50 a pop, we’ll be back to try all five flavors.
This may require some late night raiding.
The hours at Shinya are all over the place, so keep this blog post handy at all times if you expect to crave Ramen for some reason.
Shinya is open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Wednesday, and open until 2:00 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturdays, it’s 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. There will be a quiz.
Just to keep you on your toes.
We love new things, and Shinya Maru Ramen & Izakaya is a new downtown Las Vegas dining option well worth a “maru.”
If you hadn’t skimmed, you’d know what “maru” means. It wouldn’t make sense in that sentence, but you’d know what it means. Let that be a lesson to you.