430 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Near Union Square
Every now and then, there comes a ramen-ya that inspires me to write with excitement and enthusiasm oozing out from the neurons of my fingertips. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. I'm not sure if it was the cheesy neon lights or the stunning Brides of March, but all I got to say is: "Only in San Francisco!"
Regular Shoyu Ramen (rich): I've heard some people say that this ramen "is the best in the city." And then I've heard them say "ramen in the city is nothing to rave about." Somehow, I understand exactly how they feel. This Shoyu Ramen wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I guess you can call it "regular" at best (and they do! haha). Available in "rich" or "light", this rich version was just a shoyu ramen with extra fat. The toppings (chashu, menma, negi, seaweed) were highly overrated. The noodles were standard as well.
Regular Shoyu Ramen (light): The light version of this Regular Ramen was also nothing to rave about. Exactly the same as above, minus the extra fat, the soup was surprisingly better flavored, but still not worth the hype.
Deep Fried Chicken Ramen (Miso): Their miso ramen was more like miso-soup ramen and notably light, which made the Chicken Karaage a welcome addition. I didn't try the chicken, but I heard it held its crisp fairly well.
Gyoza: An utter disappointment. I was expecting a little more for 6 bucks. An overbearing flavor of cabbage drowned out most other ingredients. I'd recommend skipping these next time.
Day one is done, but day two is just about to begin. It's time to leave the city and travel south.