The owners of Chocolatea in Tuscany-Canterbury are set to open a ramen cafe in Belvedere Square’s main market building. EJJI, which is pronounced “edgy,” will serve traditional Japanese ramen and its Malaysian cousin, the noodle soup called laksa, which typically has a curry coconut broth.
EJJI will also offer a small menu of traditional Malaysian cuisine like roti canai, a type of flatbread, and coconut rice bowls flavored with things like beef curry and spicy eggplant. The cafe will also serve a selection of beer and sake.
Chocolatea, a cafe specializing in tea and chocolate, opened in the Ambassador Apartments in 2006. A few years later, the owners, Oscar Lee and his uncle, Jonathan Vong, added a few Malaysian dishes, inspired from family recipes, to a lunch menu of salads, wraps and sandwiches. Among the most popular of those dishes was a chicken laksa.
EJJI, which is scheduled to open Sunday, will follow the market’s hours of operation, which are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
EJJI is at 529 E. Belvedere Ave. For more information call 410-435-8688 or visit facebook.com/ejjiramenrestaurant. A website, ejjiramen.com, is in development.