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Sep 22, 2006 01:31 AM

Moyashi Ramen @ Taraval Okazu Ya in San Francisco

Taraval Okazu Ya, a Chinese-owned Japanese restaurant in the Sunset, offers six different ramen choices. I picked moyashi ramen, $6.95, as this was decent at Tazaki Sushi (formerly Noriega Okazu Ya).

The thinnish, chewy noodles were the highlight, cooked "firm" as ordered and in generous proportion. However, the stock was disappointingly bland despite the healthy appearance and attractive weight in the mouth. And, the toppings, worse. The "stir-fry" of pork, onions, carrots and bean sprouts seemed more like they'd been boiled. Not a hint of wok-flavor nor texture, plus the pork strips were lean, dry, and tasteless. I even added salt to try to bring out some flavor. About eight slices of black mushroom that hadn't had the life cooked out of them were worth eating. Other than that, the main caloric intake of this lunch was the noodles.

Based on this performance, Taraval Okazu Ya slides in at #43 in the rankings.

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Taraval Okazu Ya Restaurant
1735 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 759-6850

1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Santa, 805 S B St, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley
4. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
5. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
6. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
7. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
10.BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
11.Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12.Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
13.Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
14.Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
15.Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
16.Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
17.Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
18.Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
19.Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed
)20.Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
21.Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
22.Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
23.Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
24.Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
25.Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
26.Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino
27.Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
28.Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
29.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
30.King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark
31.Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco
32.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
33.Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
34.Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
35.H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
36.Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
37.Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
38.Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
39.Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
40.Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
41.La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas
42.Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
43.Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
44.Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
45.Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
46.Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
47.Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
48.Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
49.Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
50.Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
51.Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

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  1. I guess you'll need to remove BY Grill from your list...too was the highest rated in SF.

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek

      The restaurant that replaced it, Sanmi, serves ramen (lunch only). Don't think I've seen any reports on the ramen yet, and I haven't tried it. Give it a whirl!

      Sanmi thread -

      Forgot to mention that I had the white tuna nigiri sushi, $3.50, at Taraval Okazu Ya. The rice had no seasoning at all and was a bit too firm, falling apart into many small bits when you picked up the pices. The fish was icy cold and of moderate quality. Not something I'd order again.

    2. Did BY Grill close? If it did then I only have 3 in the top 10 to try.

      1. Boy what a way to intimidate a chowhound. Your reviews are right up there. The list is incredible! I usually stop at 3 for ranking. My memory ain't that good.


        1. I agree with the comments made about the ramen at Taraval Okazu Ya. I've had more flavor from msg packets in Top Ramen. Occasionally, I like to go there for fish cooked on a sizzling platter. That was the dish that made them popular. Some of the sushi is ok if you don't eat the rice. Rice is hard & chewy...

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          1. re: jenwong

            I'd say that the sushi is OK if you don't eat the rice or the fish... which begs the question of why get the sushi at all. My experience with the sushi meshi was essentially identical to yours and Melanie's, and the fish quality was completely lackluster. The cuts of the fish were a bit messy and awkward, and the fish was essentially just jammed onto the rice -- definitely a lack of craftmanship.

            I've never had the ramen, but thanks to these reports, I'll skip it.

            1. re: shortexact

              "I'd say that the sushi is OK if you don't eat the rice or the fish... which begs the question of why get the sushi at all."

              LOL, stating the obvious can be awfully funny!