Haruki Ramen & Izakaya is owned and operated by Lily Nimonjiya, an experienced restauranteur from New York, who conscientiously chose Norwalk as the location of her first solo restaurant.
“People (in Norwalk) are welcoming and warm. . . and open to new things,” she said in an interview with The Hour. “Opening in this community will definitely be a great beginning of Haruki.”
Nimonjiya’s dream was to bring her hometown and Japanese cultural flavors to Fairfield County, warming hearts with Haruki's cozy atmosphere and the care they put into every dish.
It takes about six hours to make Haruki's ramen broth, so that it is packed with umami flavor. They respect ingredients' and natural flavors, using local fresh vegetables and meat with simple seasonings.
In addition to ramen, Haruki’s menu includes small plates, called izakaya, such as grilled avocado, house-made gyoza, Japanese curry, and wagyu steak; and carefully selected beer, whiskey, sake, and wine.