One of the wonderful things about Orange County is the plethora of tasty Asian food that is available to enjoy. For those of us who enjoy Asian food, our choices are practically limitless. There is one place that is trying something bold, that could potentially turn into something huge for those of us who are also Hello! Project fans.
They've started something new that is bound to pull in Hello! Project fans around the Orange County area: Hello! Project nights. On Mondays, they have started to exclusively play Hello! Project videos, ranging from music videos to concerts and hopefully more. This means that we can have fun meet-ups with fellow fans and hang out while enjoying some tasty ramen. While the future and success of this concept is entirely dependent on how many fans turn up for it and how it affects everything within the restaurant, it's an extremely promising start. I want to give a special thanks to Konomi (one of the employees at the restaurant) for working with me to turn her fun idea into something much bigger. A great (albeit relatively small) restaurant like this deserves positive attention, and if they are delivering to one of my biggest hobbies and interests, I would love to help them in this endeavor.
Gomen, located in Stanton near the corner of Knott and Katella (behind the Daiso), offers a modest selection of ramen to eat. All of it is made in-house, and is extremely tasty. I've had the pleasure of eating there for the two years that I lived in Anaheim, and still like to make the trip there occasionally even though I live in South Bay now (Los Angeles County). One of the reasons I've found this place to be so attractive is that they offer ramen that has pork broth and ramen that has chicken broth, as well as the choice of chicken meat instead of pork. As a person who doesn't eat pork, I've found it extremely challenging to find a ramen place that has these options. Finding a place that makes really tasty food is an even greater blessing. Between my friends and I, I've had the pleasure of trying everything on the menu and can attest to the wonderful love and care that is put into these fantastic bowls of food.
Another draw to this restaurant is the presentation. Similar to some ramen places in Japan, Gomen has a couple bookshelves full of manga for us to read while we are enjoying our food. Other reading material is offered too (magazines and newspapers), but the focus is on manga, which I found to be very pleasant. Within the cozy environment, they also like to play Japanese programs and news on the TV outside of Hello! Project nights.
I highly recommend everybody go and check it out, so that we can turn this into a very special and regular event, rather than an experiment. If nothing else, head out to have some great ramen!
Gomen's Hours Are:
Sunday to Thursday - 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Friday to Saturday - 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm-9pm
7147 Katella Ave.
Stanton, CA 90680
All photos used with permission from Gomen.