Ramen on Steroids @ YumeWoKatare Porter Square Boston, MA (Yume Wo Katare)

porter square’s hugely anticipated ramen shop yumewokatare finally opened up last friday night. my friends and i were super excited and went to check it out.

their current hours are 6pm to 10pm from Tuesday – Saturday. closed on mondays and sundays.


super long line. we expected to wait for an hour but ended up waiting for 2 hours.


yume wo katare means ‘talk to your dream’. the frames on the wall are available to rent so you can share you dreams. owner of the yumewokatareone Tsuyoshi Nishioka owns 5 restaurants in japan. one of his dreams was to take his business international and he would like to see everyone else’s dreams come true as well.

while we were waiting in line in the cold, Nishioka’s friends were there to explain the concept of the restaurant and menu. they were really friendly and funny people. we had a lot of fun talking to them. you can also buy one of their tshirts for $15. i would consider it if they were selling something like scarfs?


this is their entire menu. either 2 slices of pork or 5 with your ramen. same soup, same veggies, same pork, nothing fancy, easiest choice you can ever make, i love that.


yumewokatare’talk to your dream’ in japanese


you have to purchase your ticket before sitting down and they will take ur ticket when you are served.


wall of dreams. i guess my purpose in life is to just eat hehehehe. what could possibly be a better purpose huh




haha looking at me all smiling




Tsuyoshi Nishioka making ra-men!




ra-men is finally served. this bowl of ramen is def not your typical ramen. look at all that pork and fatttttt. pork on pork on pork hahah. the pork is super tasty and tender. broth is really heavy, satisfying, and flavorful. the guy sat next to me was ‘moaning’ at the entire time while eating like he was reaching an orgasm. i guess he really enjoyed his bowl of ramen huh.

before they serve you your ramen, Tsuyoshi Nishioka would ask you ‘ninniku iremasuka’ which means if you want garlic. i love garlic of course id love some. my friend tingting copied me and said ‘hai’ as well, but she didnt want it. she gave all her garlic to me. yay double garlic for me!!!!!


love love love the texture of the noodles. al dente. very chewy and firm jus how i like it. ❤ all ramen is made in house. the flour is imported directly from japan.




this is how i did. i wolfed down the entire bowl of ramen in like 15 mins. i finished all except for the pork fat and the soup. i was super stuffed after it and thought i would probably take a break before i revisit due to the heaviness and oiliness, but i started to crave for it the second day. this is your ramen on steroids… with crack… hahahha


at the end of the night. they give you a banana. i guess thats desserts? why in heck would i eat a banana for desserts esp the ramen was super super heavy and filling already. anyways, its nice of them i guess.

model – my friend, Jay Liu. he’s def rockin it.


yea we had wayyy too much fun with the bananas

i absolutely loved their concept. so simple straightforward. just straight up good food. no pretentiousness and unnecessary choices. we are given too many choices in life and i really enjoy the no-brainer experience. i guess you can leave all the thinking to your dreams.

great great place for a slurp. bring friends, bring scarfs and ur moncler jackets, bring cash, bring napkins (yea i didnt find any napkins), bring mouthwash, and you are good to go!

yume wo katare also participated in the street ramen contest yesterday in new york city and i went to check it out as well. stay tuned for pictures of the event.

hope everyone had a great weekend eating good food!

Category: Japanese
1925 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
Neighborhood: Porter Square

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122 thoughts on “Ramen on Steroids @ YumeWoKatare Porter Square Boston, MA (Yume Wo Katare)

  1. The ramen looks absolutely delicious! I don’t think there’s a restaurant where I live that specializes in just ramen. I wish there was though, no doubt it would be a huge success.
    Thanks for sharing!

      1. Yeah, we’ve got a bunch of noodle houses, but nothing that does just ramen.. when I was in visiting Vancouver I loved going to these ramen places.. so delicious! Now I’ll have to start googling to see if a place exists.

  2. “the guy sat next to me was ‘moaning’ at the entire time while eating like he was reaching an orgasm. i guess he really enjoyed his bowl of ramen huh.”


    “but i started to crave for it the second day.”

    Nishioka-san’s ramen is like that. One of the guys told me it’s addictive. I had it 3 days in a row so I’m going to take a break for a while!

    Love Jay’s banana shots! 🙂

    That’s me in the purple shirt!

  3. I can’t do pork either, but I passed this on to my boyfriend who enjoys a good bowl of ramen. Thorough review much appreciated!

  4. Great post. “Yume wo katare” means something more like “speak of your dreams” though. Presumably the ramen shop is the expression of the owner’s dreams, or something like that. I’d actually been to the Kyoto shop when I was a student there about six years ago . . . never thought it would end up in Boston!

  5. Stumbled on your blog while looking for a review of YumeWoKatare. Great write up! Also amazing pics, as others have said. As a Bostonian, I am psyched to follow your other adventures.

  6. The aesthetic of those photographs plus the culture and food drives me bonkers about being here instead of over there. Very nice work.

  7. Cool. I really like the style of your report. I don’t do the meat thing, but I definitively learned from your photography and concise writing how to make a more captivating, engaging blog post. Thanks! 🙂

  8. I just had ramen last night and I’m already hungry for it again! Wish this shop wasn’t on the other side of the country from me. Love your blog 🙂 Looking forward to reading more!

  9. Love the photos. You made me crave ramen even more. Haven’t had a decent bowl since we lived in Japan over a year and a half ago. Please tell the owner to consider opening another shop in Seattle…haha…

  10. At first I was like “2 hours for Ramen?” This girl is crazy! Then I read on, and OMG I want to go! I love the “dream wall” concept. I almost started crying just reading about their dream to have a restaurant internationally, so so cool!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Interesting concept; well timed with so many downgrading their choice of restaurants to adjust to the economy. Perhaps service and drinks will need tweaking, along with the ‘pork only’ idea…That seems common in these sorts of places…

  12. Hi! I love your blog. You’re extremely descriptive and along with all your pics I felt like I was standing in line right there with you guys. Keep it up. chefalzaid.wordpress.com

  13. I went to the Ramen Museum in Shin-Yokohama Japan, it was amazing! Why I mention is that they have an eatery which is done up in Tokyo period style the year Souwa 33 ~1958 and in the stall we chose to eat at, they had benches up against the kitchen area in exactly the same style as your photos show 😀


    It’s excellent to see that the good things don’t change very much over the years 😉

  14. I love your blog! This has helped me find great places to eat so many times. 🙂
    Keep it up!
    I can imagine how much fun it would be to go on a eating spree with you!

  15. Haha. This place looks just like a pizza shop in this little town in Maine. Nice photos from outside, too.

    I will be looking forward to more from you!



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