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Dec 13, 2007 10:15 AM

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.

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  1. 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

    1. 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.

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      1. re: rfneid

        Thanks, dreamsicle and rfneid, for the recommendations.

        And here are the details for Katana-Ya

        Katana-ya Ramen
        10546 San Pablo Avenue
        El Cerrito, CA 94530
        Phone: 510-528-1678

        (i'm new to posting here, so i don't know how to make a page for it yet...)

        1. re: Lilinah

          Just passed it and it was too early for lunch but if you check it out please post

          Noodle Theory
          - www.noodletheory.com
          6099 Claremont Ave, Oakland

        2. re: rfneid

          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.

          1. re: Scrapironchef

            I'd have to agree -- some ok meals like the sukiyaki, karage and a few other things.

            agree on the pho also

            1. re: kc72

              Like me missing SoCal Japanese noodle shops you probably won't like Katana-ya not flavorful and the soba was watered down.

        3. Thanks for the post... I'm in search of the same thing.

          Anyone have any opinions about Slurp on Telegraph in Berkeley?

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          1. re: chemchef

            I ate there once & it was quite good - house make noodles (made while I watched after ordering). I haven't been back because it's so hard to park in the area, but would go regularly if it were more convenient.

            1. re: rfneid

              I did not like it at all. Tasted like Misfun here in SF. Bland bland over cooked noodles.

            2. re: chemchef

              No, No, No...don't do it...
              Superiorly flavorless broth, underseasoned everything, old/not fresh vegetables and not particularly good noodles.

              1. re: Aaron

                Is that a recent assessment? I haven't eaten there in a couple of years or so (shortly after they opened). I hate when a place you once liked goes down hill.

                1. re: rfneid

                  Likewise! And, can other people post their opinions as a sort of "tie-breaker"? We have one good and one bad, so I'd like to know what others think of Slurp.

              2. 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 !

                1. Check out Rameniac's web site www.rameniac.com his favorite choice in Nor Cal is Kahoo Ramen 4330 moorpark ave San Jose 408-255-8244
                  he reccommended the shoyu ramen hhonmono