Restaurant of the Year: Detroit’s Eater Awards Winners 2017

Eater Detroit

Modest in its style and attentive in its service, Ima snuck into the former Rubbed space last winter with less than the usual fanfare. At its core Ima is about two things — udon and rice bowls — served in an unpretentious, communal atmosphere along Michigan Avenue in Corktown. While the Asian-influenced menu is simple and refreshing in its construction, the restaurant has seemingly only improved with time as chef Mike Ransom creativity shines through in each and every bowl that hits the table. Whether they’re vegetarian or meat based, Ima’s broths are filled with layers flavors ranging from porcini mushrooms to sake and miso that complement crunchy, whole pieces baby bok choy. It’s the type of comfort food haven that keeps one coming back for more.

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Emily Ransom