Holeman & Finch’s foundation is in the craft beverages they mix up; however, their food is no slouch. Actually, H+F is most well-known as “that place with the 10 o’clock burger.” But beyond their nationally acclaimed burger, this gastro pub offers a constantly changing menu that has more than a few dishes worth talking about.
One of the latest additions to their current menu is a pork skin ramen. Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that’s going through a renaissance not unlike the current burger and pizza craze. While not as prolific of a trend as burgers or pizza, ramen has been getting a lot of love from all sorts of restaurants who are adding this dish in a one off setting. H+F is just the latest to do so.
Holeman & Finch’s ramen actually reminds me more of phở than it does of traditional ramen. It’s absolutely loaded with garlic and ginger, and the murky soup seems to elicit the characteristics of lemongrass (though that may just be my imagination) perhaps on account of the abundant inclusion of coriander leaves. But regardless of what traditionalists will say, this packed with flavor “ramen” will no doubt get your tongue to move.
The base of the broth is of course pork, it’s touched with a hint of hot sauce, topped with a huge slice of H+F’s housemade bread, and comes in at $12 per order. The fun little twist is the chopped bits of pork skin that hide like mines beneath the sea surface and detonate in your mouth with a soupy crunch. Cutting through the five-minute egg floating in the center might take a little effort, but that’s what happens when you try and wrangle a free floating cocoon of gooey yolk. Pop that sucker open, watch the yellow spill like oil, and comprise your bite of a good helping of all the little ingredients the ramen offers.
It’s not the greatest ramen ever to land in Atlanta, but Holeman & Finch’s newest creation is certainly worth an order … it’s packed with flavor and that butter toasted bread is the ultimate dipping tool. Check it out and let me know what you think … I most definitely dig it.
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