4288 Dublin Blvd. #118
Dublin, CA 94598
Envision this: A Chinese owned and operated Japanese Restaurant called Osaka Ramen in a town called Dublin with a Filipino couple from Honolulu sitting at the very next table. Only in America! (I forgot to mention the geeky Japanese guy sitting alone at a 4-person table with a camera in one hand and his pda phone in the other--what a loser!..haha)
Desperate to try one more ramen-ya before I left northern cali, I stumbled upon Osaka Ramen about an hour into my drive home. I've been to Osaka once when I was very young and I'm sure my mom took me to eat ramen, but I don't remember it. Maybe this place can invoke a lost memory. But wait...I just read the funniest comment on yelp. Panda ramen, eh? I wish I would have read this before I went in. Oh well...
Shoyu Ramen: Please read their mission statement first. Hmm...I can't remember where, but I think I've seen this written someplace else. Anyway, the first thing that knocked the wind out of me was the statement "we only use specially selected Japanese noodles." Special noodles my ***! Sorry, I didn't mean to say that out loud. These were more like thin, curly Chinese-style noodles. And the soup is definitely not a ten-hour soup, unless they boil water for 9.5 hours and spend the rest of the time adding shoyu. The toppings (dried chashu, egg, seaweed, menma, kamaboko, moyashi, negi, spinach, and carrots?) were comical. Let's just say it's the best ramen in Dublin, CA and leave it at that.
Gyoza: The gyoza were served in a boat-shaped dish that had oishii (in hiragana) written on them. Uhhh...am I missing something? I seemed to have erased them from my memory.
The service was very good so I guess it's not a total loss. If I'm ever stuck in Dublin again, I may stop by. Maybe their mabo ramen will be good.