Japanese Noodle House in East Bay?
A friend and i were reminiscing about our experiences in our younger days eating at various Japanese noodle houses in SoCal - inexpensive, filling, tasty and decent quality bowls of noodles.
I know most Japanese restaurants have a couple such dishes, but i long for a strictly noodle house. I haven't noticed any here (basically Oakland-Berkeley-El Cerrito), but maybe i've missed them.
In this chilly weather winter weather and his current impecunious state, a restaurant with a selection of nice hot cheap noodle bowls sounds appealing. Are he and i just out of luck here in the "central east bay"?
Thanks for any suggestions.
Mmm, how about Ryowa Ramen House on University Avenue in Berkeley? That's probably your closest bet.
Norikonoko on Telegraph serves udon and soba noodles that are decent as well.
Norikonoko Japanese Rstrnt
2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
2068 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Katanaya Ramen on San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito (at Moser) has pretty good ramen. Probably as good as Ryowa, which has gone downhill in our opinon. My wife lived in Japan for 17 years & knows good ramen. When Ryowa first opened we thought it was pretty good, but it doesn't seem to have maintained that quality.
Katana-ya can be uneven, I've had some okay meals in there but they aren't batting 500 in my book.
Not many real choces North of Katana-ya.
The OP's better bet might be to start looking into pho in the area, more variety and that same cheap, tasty, and filling bowl of noodle experience.
Someone should open a standup soba noodle shop in Berkeley like those in Japanese cities. There you could order thick buckwheat noodles in a steaming broth - with a raw egg on top and slurp to your hearts content without offending your fellow bystander !