A ramen spot has hit Savannah and it rivals some of my NYC spots. Back when I was celebrating getting a job offer, my beau said I got to pick the restaurant for our date night. Since Ukiyo had just been named one of the best new restaurants in Savannah, I knew it was my pick. And although he’s not the world’s biggest ramen fan (or soup fan in general), he stayed true to his word and let me lead the way.

One reason Albert was happy to head here was their bar menu. With an extensive list of Japanese whiskeys and sakes, along with cocktails made with those spirits, he knew he’d be drinking well. We both started with whiskey cocktails and then I moved to a sake juice box and he switched to beer. Every sip was great.

The space, like the food, is a juxtaposition of cultures. Concrete floors with a natural branch overhead; tonkatsu alongside cheeseburger buns. The kitchen is open and the vibe is convivial.

We started with a trio of appetizers. There are quite a few sharable options on this menu so it’s nice to go with a few people so you can share. First we got the edamame, which had a lovely bourbon tamari glaze – a really nice spin on the standard starter. Next up we got a fried chicken and shishito special along with those wagyu cheeseburger buns. Both were very good but I don’t know if I’d call them standouts. My ramen, however, was a major standout. I got the spicy pork in kimchi broth and it was incredible. I would go back for this ramen in a heartbeat and in the current freezing NYC weather, I find myself thinking about it often. And with specials popping up on this menu regularly, it’s worth it to regularly return.