OGDEN — “Japanese soul food.”
That’s the way the owner of Ogden’s newly opened Ramen Haus describes his restaurant.
Sergei Oveson said the new eatery — which officially opened for lunch Wednesday, June 28, at 2550 Washington Blvd. — is a dream come true for him and his wife, Shani Oveson.
The Ovesons have wanted to open the restaurant for six years, they said. The couple just had to wait for the right timing and financial situation.
“We wanted to do a ramen truck,” Sergei Oveson said. “The city wouldn’t allow us to do this on the street.”
In the meantime, the couple worked at Tosh’s Ramen in Salt Lake City as they waited for the opportunity to open their own spot.
The Ovesons’ enthusiasm for their new restaurant seemed to be shared by customers Wednesday. Only a half hour after the eatery opened its doors, there was a wait to be seated.
Server Elizabeth Myers emphasized the Ovesons’ passion for the restaurant — you can see it in their faces, she said. They even took the time to build all the restaurant’s furniture and furnishings themselves.
“It is a labor of love,” she said.
In addition to authentic Japanese ramen, Ramen Haus offers rice bowls, sliders and a variety of appetizers. Sake cocktails and other drinks are coming soon, Sergi Oveson said.
The restaurant’s first customers, Mark King and Guy Nalver, said the Ovesons have hit their mark.
“It’s really tasty,” King said, halfway through a bowl of pork ramen. “It tastes very authentic.”
An engineer at Autoliv, King said he lived in Japan for a year. “This is very similar to what I used to get in Japan,” he said.
Enjoying his spinach noodles with brisket on top, Nalver said his favorite part of the restaurant is the use of chilled water flasks.
“It’s like Mormon wine,” he said. “They chill it before they bring it out in these bottles.”
Ramen Haus is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. On Sundays, the restaurant is open from 3 to 9 p.m.