The vintage noodle-making machine at the front door is not used anymore, but the ramen noodles that bring in crowds of locals and tourists are ... More
The vintage noodle-making machine at the front door is not used anymore, but the ramen noodles that bring in crowds of locals and tourists are deliciously old-fashioned in their authenticity and hearty goodness. They are served in a rich broth in huge bowls and topped with chicken, beef, barbecued pork, seafood or veggies by a bustling wait staff that is friendly and quick. Try the Vegetable Tempura, which is made with fresh seasonal vegetables or the seafood, both cooked until perfectly done and then quickly deep-fried in the houses light, slightly sweet batter.
Great Ramen!: This is one of the best Miso Ramen I've had in CA. It's not too salty but very rich in flavour. I usually hesitate to order Miso Ramen because they tend to be very salty but they make it just right here. The handmade noodle has great texture, nice and chewy. And the chashu (BBQ Pork) is nicely done too. My friends also enjoyed Kimchi Ramen and Chashu Ramen. They also made their own gyoza, pretty good as well. But I still think the gyoza at Ryowa Ramen in downtown Mountain View is the best.
After 11pm, they stop serving rice and sushi dishes. But, its a ramen house, so you should be going for the ramen anyway. Evidently, it is the best ramen in San Francisco.
The best ramen they have, in addition to traditional ramen, is the ramen salad amd butter ramen. If you are remotely near japan-town, its worth a visit.
I would have never thought of putting butter in a big bowl of ramen. It works and its good!
i admit, i ordered a weirdo dish here: the butter ramen, b/c i just had to know what it was. what i got was a dish of weird, super-salty ramen with a huge pat of butter floating in it. hmm...not my fave. i sampled some of other people's noodles, and it wasn't much better. unfortunately, i've never found a decent ramen spot in all of s.f. (believe me, i've looked) so this might be as good as it gets.
My parents had often frequented this ramen house since the 70's and of course my mom introduced it to us too since we were kids. Their ramen noodles are handmade -not exactly the same as the traditional yellow eggish noodle- which is something I like, it's different and tastes fresh. But there are other really, really tasty things on the menu besides ramen. Their miso soup for the ramen is kind of salty but I have to say it's so great on a cold, foggy day. I love their ginger beef and they have probably the best yaki soba I've ever had. I've heard people tell me the service is crabby but it's always fast and I guess since I frequent the restaurant, the servers seem friendly to me... The restaurant has a real old, brownnish and nostalgic feeling to me. I love sitting by the big window or in the corner comfy seats.