Ramen in Pleasanton
What used to be a small Japanese grocery store now has turned into a ramen shop. I recently visited Nakayama few days ago to try their ramen noodle. They just started their restaurant for couple weeks now. In the menu, there is miso ramen, tonkotsu, and some others ramen which I don't remember and didn't remember to jot down from their menu.
I ordered the tonkotsu ramen (they also have the spicy version). The soup was tasty and noodle was good, with all the usual ingredients of a ramen noodle. I only wished they put a bit more serving for noodle and soup.
Overall, it's good; definitely a good ramen in this area, and much better compared to the other ramen shop nearby. I usually go for my ramen fixing at Maruichi (either location), and this place is pretty good that I'll come back again, since its nearby my home!
It's located nearby Swensen's Pho, which now has transformed itself to Pho only restaurant.
1989 Santa Rita Rd, D Pleasanton, CA
The last time I was in there when it was still a grocery, literally 90% of the shelves were empty. I couldn't figure out what was going on and the uninterested clerk _sitting_ at the counter didn't offer any hints. Now we know.
How does this place compare to Osaka Ramen in Ulferts center?
My brother and I went here on Saturday for lunch before an Indian wedding. It was empty save one lone guy eating at a table nearby. Well, we thoroughly loved our food. We got the Spicy Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen, for both of us it was $19.99.
The broth was flavorful, and the spicy ground pork and ginger (I asked for extra) made it taste even better. I do think the portion is a touch small, but that is a small quip. I hope this place stays in business.
I went for dinner last night. It was literally a hole in the wall kind of place and my hopes ran high. Unfrotunately, they dont have air conditioning and the digital thermometer on the bank in the plaza read 95 degrees.
There was no one else in the place when the whole time we were there but that's understandable considering the newness of the ramen shop and the heat outside. We had a tonkotsu and a miso ramen. The soups were both good. Both were acceptable, but lacked real depth. Id say they were better than osaka ramen in dublin, but not even in the same category as santa or halu. There was no bamboo in either bowl which left me disappointed. The menu is very tightly focussed and they dont have many options at all. No stewed pork or roe or even wakame here. The noodles were thin and lacked bite. I was left feeling like they had defrosted these from the frozen noodles they had in their freezer display case. I actually thought the noodles at osaka had more body and were more satsifying.
It was a pretty disappointing experience and I probably wont be back. Id be more than happy to drive out to san mateo or san jose for a bowl of ramen that would leave this one in the dust.
Overall, Id give it a 2 out of 5 rating. For reference purposes, Id probably rank Santa and Halu at 4 out of 5 and Osaka in dublin at 2.75 out of 5.
I had lunch there this afternoon. The menu is currently comprised of the following:
Spicy Shoyu Ramen
Shoyu Chashu Ramen
Spicy Miso Ramen
Miso Chashu Ramen
Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen
Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen
Prices range from $6.39-$8.28. More items will be available in the near future. We tried the Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen and it was delicious. Very tasty broth which was enhanced with a sprinkling of garlic. I’m not a ramen expert but this is the best ramen that I know of in the area. I'd rank it better than Santa Ramen in San Mateo…but not as good as Daikokuya in L.A.