An udon-only restaurant has opened in the former Ittyo space in Porter Square’s Lesley Exchange building.
Yume Ga Arukara is the sister restaurant to popular Porter Square ramen shop Yume Wo Katare. Like Yume Wo Katare, which serves only pork ramen, Yume Ga Arukara serves a single dish: niku udon, or udon noodles with beef.
Only 100 bowls are available per day, and diners’ options are limited to extra beef, extra noodles, double extra noodles, or no beef. The thick udon noodles are presented in a fish-based broth, topped with shaved beef, daikon radish, scallion, and ginger. Like all food stalls in the Lesley Exchange, only non-alcoholic beverages are available.
The decision to offer only niku udon came from owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who said he chose the dish because it’s what he wants to eat.
Communications manager Sara Brande said that Yume Ga Arukara sold out of udon on opening day, and that the response has been steady, though it’s busier on the weekend.
She described the new space as the “next generation” of Yume Wo Katare.
“It’s the younger sibling,” she said. “We’re continuing the concept.”
Yume Wo Katare has been a popular dining destination since its grand opening in 2012; the company expanded with a second location in Tokyo in early 2017. The ramen shop (Brande said the team prefers to call it a “workshop”) – the name of which translates to “speak your dreams” – encourages patrons to stand up and declare their goals and ambitions in front of fellow diners after finishing a meal.
According to Brande, Yume Ga Arukara is focused more on introspection.
“[Yume Wo] Katare is a loud, outwardly supportive experience. An active experience,” she said. “Yume Ga Arukara is a more inward experience. We want our customers to be inspired by the udon dish that we serve them.”
She suggested that newcomers to Yume Ga Arukara think about their motivations and goals when they visit the new concept.
“If I’m feeling confident and outgoing, I’ll go to Yume Wo Katare,” Brande said. “If I’m feeling more introspective, I’ll go to Yume Ga Arukara.”
Brande said customers who are used to the interactive experience at Yume Wo Katare are welcome to stand and declare their intentions at the new concept as well; after all, it does share an aspirational name with its sister restaurant — Yume Ga Arukara translates to “because I have a dream.”
Yume Ga Arukara is open for lunch only Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1815 Massachusetts Ave., facebook.com/yumegaarukara
Correction: A previous version of this story listed an incorrect address for the restaurant and misspelled Sara Brande’s name. The article has been updated. Boston.com regrets the errors.