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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Katana-Ya - San Francisco, CA

430 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-1280
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.

14 comments:

edjusted said...

oh, this was on my list to try...actually, it's the *only* ramenya in the city i could find that looks worthwhile. but guess i can skip it. thanks for being the guinea pig!

said...

My friend told me this was the best ramen outside of Toyko. I didn't have the heart to tell her I had already tried it and felt the same way you did. I went to Tampopo down the street right after this for a second bowl. :P

Keizo said...

@ed: U're welcome...i think.

@檀: Hi Dan(?)! Haha, has your friend ever been to Tokyo?

Brian said...

The neon lighting on all the bowls makes me want to find an outdoor ramen shop in Kabukicho.

Keizo said...

Hahahah! Dude, you gotta do it. Just run out with a bowl from a nearby ramen-ya.

said...

Yes, she has.

Bert said...

I think your review is a little generous. I tried Katana-ya and left disappointed. I karaage with rich shoyu and the broth didn't have much flavor to it. The karaage wasn't bad. I'd say it was pretty average...but yeah...the ramen noodles were ok and the broth was really lacking. It will be Tanpopo or Bushi-tei Bistro for me.

Keizo said...

hi Bert! i know your feeling. i left disappointed too. but hey, u can't blame a ramen-ya for trying.

singletrack said...

Wondering if any of you guys have tried Halu in SF (no relation to the San Jose Halu)?

I'm not a ramen veteran (yet), so curious what others think. Their main focus is more on yakitori, which I always enjoy.

Keizo said...

i have not. was it any good?

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Bert said...

Just an update...I went back to try the light instead of rich shoyu. Yeah there was more flavor but I left with a really salty flavor in my mouth. The menma was super salty and a couple pieces were even cold. Halu SF was pretty good. I'm going to try it again to see if the one time is just a fluke.

Priscilla said...

katanaya had a long line and a small place. But I must say it was well worth the wait! it was YUMMY!

jeesung said...

tanpopo! say it isn't so! well, i wasn't impressed when i went. maybe a bad night.

for SF i'd recommend Izakaya Sozai. as the name suggests, not a ramen-ya, but they have a decent Tokotsu. only open for dinner.
http://www.izakayasozai.com/index.html