Before dining at Jinya, I realized I never got into the ramen trend beyond trying a local spot in NJ a few times. My nieces were happy to show me a few places when I visited them in VA. Turned out, we were all in for a surprise as Jinya just opened this past week, so we could all experience something new together.
Online reviews can be a blessing and a curse. The reviews for Jinya were split down the middle. The complaints of long wait time didn't matter to me-- it goes with the territory of being new and located in a hotspot. The complaints about quality didn't matter to me-- everyone's taste varies, and when a reviewer starts spouting out names of other places they'd rather go to they are just being snobs and wasting review space. The prices definitely were higher in comparison to most ramen places, and that's the only review I'd agree with.
Having said that, I had a lot of fun at Jinya. I liked their decor from top to bottom. High ceilings with exposed pipes, a cool mix of concrete and wood, seating at different heights and different types to suit your mood. Sit at the bar or sit at bar height, or have a seat at a regular table on chairs or banquettes. There is a hipster vibe they are going with, having their servers dressed in plaid shirts and all black underneath. From the several staff I encountered, they were all upbeat and happy to help.
We tried both chicken and pork broth bowls, at different spice levels. Read each description on the menu to see which flavor combination strikes your fancy. Or choose a simple bowl, like Jinya Chicken Ramen, then add ingredients to your liking. The broth takes 18 hours to prepare, as I've read, and you really taste its goodness to the last drop. Try not to wait too long in eating, or else the noodles will soak up the broth.
A fun note: My brother was annoyed that the girls and I wanted to eat ramen. He is convinced that you can make your own at home with instant packets and then adding your own fresh ingredients. He is stubborn that way, but actions speak louder than words. He happily ate with us and even planned to return!
Before dining at Jinya, I realized I never got into the ramen trend beyond trying a local spot ...