A First Look at Ten, the New (and Table-Free) West Dallas Ramen Restaurant

If someone in the know tells you that Ten, the new ramen restaurant from Tei-An's Teiichi Sakurai, is standing room only, they don't mean that when the restaurant's seating is full you have to dine on your feet. They mean there are no chairs or tables in the tiny restaurant at all. A low counter runs the length of the dining area just inside the door, and the only option is to eat standing up. If you're in the mood to linger over a steaming bowl of soup, Ten is not the place for you. Come during a lunch or dinner rush and the next round of soup slurpers will be breathing down your neck for their own piece of real estate.

Everything about the place is meant to get you in and out quickly. Beside the door, a touch screen waits to take your order. There are only three options, along with some spicy varieties, a rice dish and customizable toppings. Get in, slup 'em down, and get back on with your life already.

No, this isn't punishment; this is just what Sakurai planned when he designed his ramen devoted restaurant. Ten is meant to mimic the tiny ramen stalls of Japan, which cater to hungry diners looking for a satiating meal that's cheap and quick. You walk up to one of the order stations, tap out your request, swipe your credit card and wait for your name to be called. Hopefully by this point a space has opened up at the bar.

A slot opened for me just a few minutes before my bowl of shoyu ramen arrived. The broth was rich and salty with soy sauce. That sliced pork belly is grilled till it's charred, imparting an intense smoky flavor, and the corn still had bite and was sweet. If shoyu isn't your thing, tonkotsu is available too. The pork bone broth is rich and milky white. There's also a pork mazemen, which makes use of no soup, but sports plenty of savory noodles and toppings.

Ten is located in the Sylvan 30 project, just across from the Cox Farms Market. Make sure to bring a credit card if you want to make use of the ordering stations at the front of the restaurant.

Ten, 1888 Sylvan Ave.

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