Cuisine: Thai , Japanese
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I was peering at the menu in the window of Ana Ramen when I was coaxed in by a friendly gentlemen proclaiming that I should try the giant grilled squid. It turned out to be one of the owners, and before I knew it, I was seated at a table. Oh, the power of persuasion. Turns out Ana Ramen really isn't about the ramen, as much as it is about authentic Thai cuisine. I'm a fan of green papaya salad, but this one came with a disclaimer. Be prepared for the real deal with pungent fish sauce and fiery chilis. It delivered on both. It also came with something I never tried before, salted crab. These are tiny crabs that can be found in rice paddy fields and living on mangrove trees. The crabs have a blackish shell and bright red claws. You crunch down and suck out the juices, just try not to break a tooth. The dish delivers with some added funk that will have you coming back for more. While we didn't get the giant octopus, we did get a batch of grilled baby squid which looked like they were dancing atop a pile of Thai fried rice. Each piece was wonderfully moist and still containing a bit of squid ink. Other dishes you will find at Ana Ramen include Spicy Dancing Shrimp, steamed mussels served Thai style, BBQ pork, grilled pork meatballs and assorted soups. Service is friendly and accommodating.
Neighborhood: West 50s