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Momonoki -- with dipping ramen on its menu -- now open in Midtown


Dipping ramen?

It's a thing, and it's on the menu at Momonoki, the new spot in Midtown from John Chen and Jason Liang, the team behind Brush Sushi Izakaya in Decatur.

Momonoki officially opened this week in the Modera by Mill Creek development in Midtown, along with adjoining coffee shop Momo Cafe.

Momonoki -- which translates to "Peachtree" in Japanese -- serves a variety of Japanese food including ramen, donburi (rice bowls), katsu sando (Japanese cutlet sandwiches), tsukemen (dipping ramen), salads and small plates.

So what, exactly, is dipping ramen?

Chen explained that it consists of noodles eaten after being dipped in a separate bowl of hot broth. Broths can take on different flavors, toppings and umami, and since the hot broth is separate from the noodles, tsukemen broth tends to be more concentrated and flavorful.

"The noodles and toppings are served at room temperature so that when you "dip" into the hot broth, it warms the noodle up and you slurp away, and yes we encourage slurping," Chen said in an email.

Fans of Brush, which opened in Decatur in 2016, will be happy to see some familiar menu items, including the Seared Pork Belly Don and Chicken Kara-Age Don.

The beverage program features cocktails, sake, wine and local and Japanese beers in cans, bottles and on tap.

"We'll be focusing on simplicity," Chen said.

Momo Cafe serves coffee drinks made with coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Japanese-inspired drinks, desserts and pastries.

Momonoki is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Momo Cafe is open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

95 8th St. NW Ste 100, Atlanta. momonokiatl.com/

Scroll down to see the complete Momonoki menu

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