Yume Wo Katare opened in Cambridge in 2012 and has been stunning ramen lovers since then. Long lines regularly form in front of the tiny Porter Square restaurant (1923 Massachusetts Ave.) — which declares that it is “not a ramen shop,” although ramen’s the only thing on the menu. Iconic ramen full of pork and piled high with noodles. But Yume Wo Katare is also a place of dreams.
The name loosely translates to “speak your dreams,” and owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka encourages diners to express their dreams on paper (framed on the restaurant’s walls) or out loud in front of other diners after overcoming the obstacle of eating a whole bowl of ramen. The restaurant expanded to Tokyo earlier this year.
Now, there’s a new place to dream and eat noodles. Yume Wo Katare’s new sibling, Yume Ga Arukara, grandly opened today in the former Ittyo space inside the Porter Exchange building (1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge), Boston Restaurant Talk reported. The new restaurant’s tagline, and a rough translation of the name, is “because I have a dream.” On the menu: niku udon with the options of extra beef and/or extra noodles.
Like Yume Wo Katare, Yume Ga Arukara appears to be set up so that all diners face into the kitchen, as if it were a classroom.
Yume Ga Arukara is open for lunch only: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.