Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen

Chicago, Illinois

  • 23 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60067
  • Mon, Wed, Thu (Tue off): 11:00am - 2:00pm / 5:00pm - 10:00pm last order 9:30pm
  • Fri: 11:00am - 2:00pm / 5:00pm - 11:00pm last order 10:30pm
  • Sat:11:00am - 11:00pm last order 10:30pm
  • Sun & National Holiday: 11:00am - 10:00pm last order 9:30pm
4.2/5.0
4.2/5
  • Christine D.

    Christine D.

    11/20/2019
    This restaurant exceeded all my expectations. Everything is fresh and of the highest quality. Try the gyoza, you won't eat it anywhere else. Excellent saki, good service.
  • Faith H.

    Faith H.

    10/27/2019
    I'm a fan!!!
    I expect to be a regular at this joint!
    I was hoping to find a ramen place closer by, that I like and this place is the perfect spot. My husband and I saw this on Yelp so we stopped by on Friday night. It was empty except for one person at the bar and a couple sitting at a table.
    We quickly came to the realization this store is most likely owned or run by the same people as the curry shop in the same plaza.
    I didn't know what to expect since some of the reviews are quite critical.
    As a self proclaimed Ramen Connoisseur, I disagree with those reviews.
    The ramen is priced on the lower end, as the places I go to typically are about $16 minimum. People may protest since the other ramen shop nearby is similarly priced for more quantity but I feel the quality here is higher.
    I ordered the Ma-Yu Benkei Ramen (Regular) - added corn and asked for a side of chili oil. My husband ordered the Ma-Yu Benkei Ramen (Spicy).
    The broth is silky and smooth and tastes just right in both! The garlic oil always just kicks it up a notch for ramen, in my opinion.
    The portion size of the noodles are very standard of any ramen place but I will admit, they should provide a little more broth. The portion does look small though because the bowls are HUGE. The egg was overcooked in my opinion but I am not completely sure if that's intentional. I prefer the yolk slightly underdone in ramen. The vegetables that came with the ramen are green onions, cabbage, and wood ear. The chili oil they gave me was extremely sparse and would just barely fit a teaspoon (50 cents). The corn I paid an extra $1 for, also disappointing. I wish they'd be more generous, especially if they're going to charge. The chili oil couldn't have been worth more than 5 cents, and the corn probably should have been a quarter.
    We also ordered the spicy fried chicken, which we did not enjoy. We did like the cabbage, but I wish it came with a sauce.
    Service needs work only because they all seemed new to the service industry but they were all very sweet and eager to help.
    If there were notes I could give to the owner, I would suggest adding more options to "add-on". I was extremely disappointed I could not get any bamboo shoots in the ramen.
    In the end, this is a ramen shop and after eating here, I could not stop thinking about it. In fact, I am literally headed there right now to get more.
    This place probably deserves 4 stars especially since they are so frugal that it affects customer experience but I do find their ramen to be super delicious and since they're new, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope it's just growing pains.
  • Nicole G.

    Nicole G.

    11/4/2019
    Our visit to Benkei Ramen exceeded our expectations! We were outside all day so we came in here to warm up. We were greeted at the door by a warm smile and she ended up being our server!

    The restaurant is so much bigger than we expected. It was also super warm in there which was appreciated and the bathroom was so clean. There's a bunch of open seating and we got seated right away.

    We started with the edamame and then ordered our ramen. I got the ma-yu Benkei ramen and it was incredible. It was a pork bone broth, garlic oil, ramen noodles (obv), veggies, an egg, and pork slices. The broth was my favorite part. It packed with favor and it was salty but not an overkill. The ramen noodles were cooked perfectly and so was the egg.

    The portion size was the perfect amount. It was pretty large but I was able to easily finish it. Our waitress was very attentive but gave us our own space. She seemed genuinely excited we were there 🙂 Our meal was about $35 for us both and I'd say that it was fairly priced.

    We can't wait to come back and try new kinds of their ramen!
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Benkei

APPETIZER

  • Fried Chicken
    Fried Chicken
    $4.49
  • Spicy Fried Chicken
    Spicy Fried Chicken
    $5.49
  • Gyoza 6pc
    Gyoza 6pc

    Garlic/Vegetables

    $4.49
  • Edamame
    Edamame
    $3.49
  • Green Salad
    Green Salad
    $2.99
  • Tofu Salad
    Tofu Salad
    $3.49
  • Tako Wasa
    Tako Wasa

    Octopus w/Wasabi

    $2.99
  • Takoyaki
    Takoyaki

    Octopus Dumplings

    $4.99
  • French Fries
    French Fries
    $4.99
  • Ikageso
    Ikageso
    $4.99
  • Okonomiyaki
    Okonomiyaki
    $4.99

RICE BOWL

  • Char Siu Pork
    Char Siu Pork

    Reg: $7.99 / Mini: $4.49

    $7.99/$4.49
  • Garlic Pork
    Garlic Pork

    Reg: $7.99 / Mini: $4.49

    $7.99/$4.49
  • Ginger Pork
    Ginger Pork

    Reg: $7.99 / Mini: $4.49

    $7.99/$4.49
  • Katsudon
    Katsudon

    Pork Cullet on Rice

    $8.99
  • Mini Char Mayo
    Mini Char Mayo

    Char Siu Pork w/ Mayonnaise

    $4.49
  • Mini Mentaiko
    Mini Mentaiko

    Seasoned Cod Roe

    $4.49

BENKEI RAMEN

  • Abura Soba (Regular)
    Abura Soba (Regular)

    Roasted garlic soup-less noodle

    $10.99
  • Abura Soba (Large)
    Abura Soba (Large)

    Roasted garlic soup-less noodle

    $12.49
  • Regular
    Regular

    Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Soup Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $10.49
  • Spicy
    Spicy

    Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Soup Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $11.49
  • Char Siu Pork
    Char Siu Pork

    Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Soup Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $12.49

MA-YU BENKEI RAMEN

  • Regular
    Regular

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Ma-Yu(Hemp Oil) Soup, Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $10.99
  • Spicy
    Spicy

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Ma-Yu(Hemp Oil) Soup, Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $11.99
  • Char Siu Pork
    Char Siu Pork

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Ma-Yu(Hemp Oil) Soup, Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $12.99

TOPPING

  • Char Siu Pork
    $2.99
  • Extra Noodles
    $1.50
  • Flavored Boiled Egg
    $1.50
  • Vegetables
    $2.49
  • Corn
    $1.00
  • Butter
    $1.00

MISO BENKEI RAMEN

  • Regular
    Regular

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Miso Paste Soup; Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $10.99
  • Spicy
    Spicy

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Miso Paste Soup; Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $11.99
  • Char Siu Pork
    Char Siu Pork

    Tonkotsu(Pork Bone) & Miso Paste Soup; Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $12.99

OTHERS & SIDE

  • Shoyu Ramen
    Shoyu Ramen

    Soy Sauce Soup Ramen Noodles w/vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $10.49
  • Tsukemen
    Tsukemen

    Ramen Noodles w/dripping Soup, vegetables, egg, & Char Siu Pork

    $11.99
  • Vegetables Ramen
    Vegetables Ramen

    Soy Sauce Soup

    $10.49
  • Vegetables Ramen
    Vegetables Ramen

    Miso Paste Soup

    $10.49

CURRY

Made fresh and daily, we use seasonal vegetables and tantalizing spices. Try our flavorful and mouth-watering curry!

  • Chicken Katsu Curry
    Chicken Katsu Curry

    Chicken Katsu in curry sauce on white rice

    $11.49
  • Fried Chicken Curry
    Fried Chicken Curry

    Fried chicken in curry sauce on white rice

    $10.99
  • Garlic Pork Curry
    Garlic Pork Curry

    Garlic pork in curry sauce on white rice

    $10.49
  • Pork Katsu Curry
    Pork Katsu Curry

    Pork Katsu (cutlet) in curry sauce on white rice

    $11.49
  • Cheese Curry
    Cheese Curry

    Cheese in curry sauce on white rice

    $9.99
  • Vegetables Curry
    Vegetables Curry

    Vegetables in curry sauce on white rice

    $8.99

Udon Noodles

Made fresh and daily, we use seasonal vegetables and tantalizing spices. Try our flavorful and mouth-watering curry!

  • Curry Udon
    Curry Udon

    Udon noodles in curry sauce

    $9.49
  • Cheese Curry Udon
    Cheese Curry Udon

    Udon noodles with cheese in curry sauce

    $10.49
  • Chicken Katsu Curry Udon
    Chicken Katsu Curry Udon

    Udon noodles with chicken katsu in curry sauce

    $11.49
  • Fried Chicken Curry Udon
    Fried Chicken Curry Udon

    Udon noodles with fried chicken in curry sauce

    $10.99

ALCOHOL DRINK

  • DASSAI 50
    DASSAI 50

    Made in YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN
    A junmai daiginjo sake, made from only rice milled down to 50%, water and koji mold. Clean, soft and very subtle, the balanced aromas and a mild sweetness envelop the senses making.
    Alcohol %: 16%
    SMV: +3
    Acid Degree: 1.4
    Rice Polished: 50%

    $21.00
  • HATSUMAGO
    HATSUMAGO

    Made in YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN
    The smooth and clean character of its taste and aroma is uncommon and actually very difficult to come up with a Kimoto style.
    Alcohol %: 15% to 16%
    SMV: +2
    Acid Degree: 1.4
    Rice Polished: 60%

    $14.00
  • KUROSAWA
    KUROSAWA

    Made in NAGANO, JAPAN
    Sweet and savory coconut, banana, vanilla bean and walnut aromas. A round entry leads to an earthly, medium bodied palate, with mineral flavors.
    SMV: +2
    Acid Degree: 1.5 to 1.6
    Rice Polished: 65%

    $14.00
  • OKUNOMATSU
    OKUNOMATSU

    Made in FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN
    The mellow fragrance and deep, rich taste of a good Junmai sake. This sake is favored by many women. The 300ml i s “ f reshly preserved “ after bottling.
    SMV: 0
    Acid Degree: 1.4
    Rice Polished: 60%

    $14.00
  • Bottle Beer (Asahi/Sapporo)
    $6.00
  • Draft Beer (Asahi)
    $6.50

SOFT DRINK & DESSERT

  • Soft Drink

    Coca-Cola, Diet Coca-Cola/7up, Diet 7up/Calpico

    $2.49
  • Ice Green Tea
    $2.99
  • Ice Tea
    $2.99
  • Ice Cream (Vanilla/Green tea)
    $2.50
  • Matcha Tiramisu
    $3.49
  • Matcha Cheesecake
    $3.49
  • Custard Pudding
    $2.99