Menya Noodle Bar opened in March and quickly became known as a quick and casual local lunch spot. Owned by restaurateur JW Lee known for Menya Sushi Bar in Greenwood Village and Wasabi Sushi Bar in Lakewood, Menya Noodle bar offers relaxed izakaya fare in the heart of downtown. The lunch and dinner spot is gaining a fanbase of locals and visitors alike. Here's the buzz on the up-and-coming spot.
The Lunch News: The downtown Denver dining community is welcoming Menya's Noodle Bar as a quick, affordable, and sumptuous lunch spot. 5280 Magazine quips: "[e]ven when it's busy, you could easily get in and out for lunch in under an hour. And while a big bowl of tonkotsu ramen definitely doesn't qualify as 'light,' there is something inherently restorative about the broth and noodle combo." [5280 Magazine]
The Service News: Reviews across online communities praise the restaurant's attentive and speedy service. Multiple Facebook reviewers applaud the service staff and those working behind the scene; as one review summarized, Menya offers "[g]reat food, clean, fast service. They've got it going on!" [Facebook]
The Rising Star News: Seasoned Denver eaters realize their special spot is no longer a secret. As one Yelp reviewer acknowledged, Menya opened as "quite the pleasant surprise" in Denver's food scene. They continue, "[e]vidently this place isn't a little known secret anymore because it was packed at lunchtime! If you want a filling, delicious, soul warming lunch, I'd recommend you stop in and see what it's all about!" [Yelp]
The Noodle News: Critics and customers alike are praising the quality of the restaurant's star ingredient: the noodles. One Facebook reviewer praised the "[s]uperb quality Japanese noodles" while another simply exclaimed "[t]he food was great!" [Facebook]
The Ramen News: Yelp reviewers welcome Menya into Denver's burgeoning ramen scene. A Yelp community member gushed "Menya is definitely another great addition to the other ramen restaurants in Denver" while another celebrated the restaurants arrival: "[a]nother ramen joint in Denver? Yes please!!" [Yelp]
The Authenticity News: Restaurant goers note the authenticity at Menya's and across Denver's growing Japanese scene. A Yelp reviewer admitted they are "pleasantly surprised by Denver's ability to deliver good Japanese food" and goes on to praise Menya, stating that "[e]verything was really tasty and the service was great." [Yelp]