Small Bites: Ramen and Hot Pot Coming to Rockville Pike This Fall

Plus: Two area children win Silver Diner tasting contest; brunch class at TapaBar


Urban Hot Pot & Grill and Akira Ramen are opening at 1800 Rockville Pike.

Joe Zimmermann

Urban Hot Pot & Grill and Akira Ramen to open in Galvan building

Two new Asian eateries are on their way to Rockville: Urban Hot Pot & Grill and Akira Ramen will open this fall on the first floor of the Galvan at Twinbrook building, according to a spokeswoman for JBG Companies, which owns the building. The two restaurants should open around October.

Urban Hot Pot, a 2,900-square-foot restaurant, will be Rockville’s second hot pot establishment to open this year. The trendy cooking style allows diners to prepare their own meat in a bowl of hot stock at their table. Little Dipper Hot Pot House opened in downtown Rockville in February.

In a smaller, 1,600-square-foot space, Akira Ramen will join several Rockville Pike restaurants that serve the Japanese noodle dish, including Temari Café and Maki, though others don’t focus predominantly on ramen.

Occupying adjacent storefronts in the 1800 Rockville Pike building, the restaurants will join Smashburger, Dunkin Donuts and other retailers in the complex. Pizza shop Pie 360 closed its location there this May.

Two area kids top Silver Diner tasting contest

Chef Ype Von Hengst with winners Noah Knapp and Noelle Sarntinoranont. Via Silver Diner

Local chain Silver Diner invited kids to make their own recommendations for its kids’ menu as part of a contest this year. After the kids submitted their own recipe ideas, the restaurant chose 13 finalists, who participated in a tasting event for new kids’ food options with chef Ype Von Hengst this month at the Rockville Silver Diner.

The winners were Noah Knapp, 10, from Washington, D.C., and Noelle Sarntinoranont, 6, from Fairfax, Virginia. Both received free kids’ meals from Silver Diner for a year and a $500 gift card for their families. The runners up each got a $100 gift card. Noah’s recipe idea was an herb-crusted salmon with citrus quinoa while Noelle suggested a seasonal pot pie.

 TapaBar to hold brunch class

Fresh off announcing plans for their latest Bethesda restaurant, brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche are holding a brunch class and cooking demonstration at TapaBar this Saturday. Chef Alonso Roche will prepare Bloody Marys and several classic Spanish recipes as guests can learn how to host a Spanish-style brunch while they enjoy drinks and samples of the food. The Roches also own 202 Donuts & Coffee, Bold Bite and the upcoming TacoArepa.

Tickets are $40 for the 11 a.m. Aprender & Comer event, which highlights TapaBar’s new brunch menu.

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