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San Diego - Yakyudori to open Ramen Shop in Convoy!

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royaljester Jan 29, 2010 12:36 AM

This just in, according to the latest Japanese SD weekly Yu Yu, Yakyudori is advertising they will open up a ramen shop next to Starbucks in Convoy! Not sure which Starbucks they mean since there are two (probably the one next to Mitsuwa), but this is good news as good ramen is one thing we're missing in San Diego. Yakyudori is an awesome place in Hillcrest, and I hope they bring the same level of detail to their new venture.

The opening date is Feburary 1st, see you there!

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    daantaat Feb 6, 2010 06:43 PM

    Made it here for dinner tonight, esp since it's good soup noodle weather. I'm no ramen expert, but it was very good. I had the shio ramen with extra eggs. Broth was clear and almost sang. I say "almost" b/c the only broth I remember singing w/ that sharp clarity was Matsugen's udon. Then again, maybe ramen broth is not supposed to be the same as udon broth (cgfan, please enlighten me!). Dashed a bit of hot sesame oil on top and it was very, very good. I like the bamboo shoots a lot and will order extra next time. Noodles had a good toothiness to them.

    My dining companion had the ground beef and green onion ramen in a spicy broth. He said it was very good and satisfying.

    Shared the deep fried chicken bits. I think it was cut up boneless chicken thighs. They were a tad over fried but the meat was juicy.

    Can't wait for them to add yakitori! It'll be nice not to fight for parking for good yakitori!

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    1. re: daantaat
      cgfan Feb 6, 2010 07:49 PM

      Well a basic Udon broth will be based upon a traditional Dashi and Shoyu broth and not have any chicken or pork component, and certainly would not add any flavoring oils.

      Glad to hear you liked the Shio broth! It's my favorite broth for Ramen, and I did enjoy Yakyudori's version. So far I've had 4 bowls, 2 shio and 2 shoyu, and have summarized my findings here:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6844...

      You're reminding me it's soup weather... It's raining outside, it's cold, and I could use a bite. Hmmmm...

    2. phee Jan 30, 2010 05:44 PM

      I was showing off our city to a friend who recently relocated to San Diego, and we decided to try the ramen for lunch. I liked it very much, with the broth being very rich without too much saltiness (a problem I've experienced with other ramens). My friend is Chinese, but spent time in Japan, grew up in NYC, and lived in Portland, OR., so I was anxious to hear his reaction. He puts it on par with good ramen he's had in NY and Portland, and said it was "almost as good as the best ramen he had in Japan."

      Nice setup inside, though you can tell it's not quite "finished", decor-wise. Very friendly staff, and iced tea and rice are complimentary at lunch. A very nice addition to Convoy!

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        WasabiBratwurst Feb 1, 2010 10:38 AM

        went last night after coming home from snowboarding and what a perfect way to end a great weekend. Highly recommend you go check it out. We tried 4 different ramens and the gyoza. I recommend the Shoyu, Nagoya, Shio and Miso in that order. If you have soup left, they serve extra noodles (kae-dama) for $1.50.

        Personally I feel that they serve the best shouyu ramen in town. Shio ramen broth is ridiculously clear. Both have very clean flavor.

        Check pics at....http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/_T88LJ...

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        Dazex Jan 29, 2010 07:38 PM

        It's open!!! Soft open since the 26th according to the little printed sign in the front. Drove by on my way to Santouka to treat my friend to some Ramen since he's taking me to the airport. We got hungry at 2AM the previous Wednesday and was denied Ramen because we found out that ramen night at Tajima doesn't start until Thursday. So this was a make up.

        Told him about eventual opening of Yakyudori Ramen as I drove by and pointed it out to him, only to see the temporary banner at the top and the "Open" neon glowing brightly. Thought the staff were testing the neon sign or something since all they were all outside looking at it.

        Walked up, inquired about them being open and they said yes. Invited me in and everyone got to work. (sorry to cut your break short guys and gal) anyways, ordered the shoyu Ramen and the noodles were al dente. Perfect. Soup was flavorful and not overly salty like Tajima. Staff was of course great. When the waiter set my bowl of ramen down in front of me, the adjusted the bowl for optimal view. That's the hidden part of Japanese crusine if ppl aren't aware of it. It's about harmony not only in taste, but also it how it is presented/look. Nice touch and my buddy definitely noticed and commented on that.

        I am defintely glad to have another choice for Ramen in SD. And The bowl of Ramen was very reasonably priced. Just $6.50 with a couple of slices of pork and the traditional half egg. Nice!!!

        Here's a photo of the Miso Ramen under better light an also my Shoyu. Both taken with my iPhone.

        edit to add:
        Ok, I'll have to upload the photos another time since the upload function isn't working from my iPhone.

        According to the sign, they do serve Yakitori...but that won't happen until their liquor license get approved. So right now, it's just Ramen and some appetizer such as Gyoza, Fried chicken.

        Grand opening is Monday, Feb 1st. And they will be serving snacks from 10:30PM - 3AM or something like that on opening night. I am hoping they have regular hours until 3AM like Tajima. I forgot to ask the staff since I was on my way to catch a plane.

        Left a "good" tip I suppose because the waiter had to return to ask if I needed change. I told him no. My buddy said the entire staff was elated with the tip judging by their reaction as the waiter came went back to them to tell them it was indeed their tip.

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          royaljester Jan 29, 2010 08:29 PM

          Wow, this is great news. Restaurants do often open before their official grand opening, partly to practice and also if they're ahead of schedule. And great to hear they know people want to eat ramen at midnight, and the ramen is cheap and includes egg. For me the two keys to Ramen are the noodles and the broth, but once that's perfected it's the sides like pork, sliced green onion, and eggs.

          Look forward to hearing about their Yakitori plans. Interesting choice of location, parking will never be a problem and it's certainly a part of Convoy that needs more business. Kind of reminds me of how the Luxor rejuvinated the south of the strip in LV and spured other construction. Last five years in Convoy has been kind of a Renaissance in the Japanese field with Sakura, Tsuruhashi, Okan, Oton, and now Yakyudori's Ramen.

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            daantaat Jan 30, 2010 02:45 PM

            maybe I can get my SO to go there tonight instead of Mama Testa's...
            late night eating, calling stevewag23!

          2. cgfan Jan 29, 2010 09:01 AM

            From my intel I have it that they are referring to the Starbucks that is on the north part of Convoy in Kearny Mesa, the one on the west side of the street between Balboa Ave. and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

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              The Office Goat Jan 29, 2010 09:42 AM

              Is this one of the "parkinglotfromHell" areas?

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                DougOLis Jan 29, 2010 09:52 AM

                no, that parking lot is actually pretty big there and isn't in a more typical Asian stripmall. That Starbucks is actually anchored by a few bigger stores (Dixieline, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Frazee paint).

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                  The Office Goat Jan 29, 2010 09:57 AM

                  Oh, I know that lot, now (I used to go to the bike store there). That place has a huge lot. Good news.

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                  beth1 Jan 29, 2010 11:02 AM

                  Certainly you can't be referring to the Nijiya lot.

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                    phee Jan 29, 2010 11:06 AM

                    I don't think there's a Starbuck's in the Nijiya lot. Actually the one referred to is on Convoy and Raytheon.

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                      daantaat Jan 29, 2010 04:27 PM

                      There isn't a Starbucks in the Nijiya lot.

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                        phee Jan 29, 2010 05:37 PM

                        I was pretty certain of that, since I'm up there about once a week. However, you never know when those things will pop up. ;-)

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                          Cathy Jan 29, 2010 06:30 PM

                          Mitsuwa.

                          Edit: Oh hell, I re-read and this is a poorly shaped circular discussion.

                          The location is next to the Starbucks that is in the Dixieline lot and will take the place of what was Extreme Pita which turned into BBQ Express, the HawaiianTeriyaki place.

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                  royaljester Jan 29, 2010 11:06 AM

                  Wow, that's what I hoped actually seeing as how that parking lot is huge and always empty. I can't imagine another magnet store at Mitsuwa considering I'm now competing for parking with poorly dressed people shopping at Ross. I kid, I kid. But seriously, it's hard to shop at Mitsuwa now.

                  Seeing as how they're opening next Monday, a drive by will surely tell. Wonder when Chin's in Convoy will open? Did a drive by but they're still putting on finishing touches.

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                    cgfan Jan 29, 2010 01:19 PM

                    I imagine it'll be pretty soon, but just keep in mind that the Chin's on Convoy has no relationship with the Chin's on Miramar Blvd. at I-15.

                    I was hoping that they were related and that the Convoy shop might portend another weekend Shanghai breakfast option, but alas they have nothing to do with each other.

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                      royaljester Jan 29, 2010 01:33 PM

                      That's too bad, they really should open in Convoy. The closest Chin's is the Miramar one, about 25 minutes for us.

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                        Cathy Jan 29, 2010 01:34 PM

                        That is the only one. Official Name is Chin's Seafood and Grill.

                        The others are Chin's Szechewan.

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                          stevuchan Jan 29, 2010 02:11 PM

                          I was just by today at lunch, if they are not related they really ripped off the logo, it is almost identical.

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                            royaljester Jan 29, 2010 02:20 PM

                            Yeah, my memory may be off but I remember a Panda inside a red circle just like Chin's: http://www.visitchins.com/

                            Maybe this is just Franchising where they're not the same owner but license the brand. Or, it could be like Little Lamb Hot Pot where they had to sue because of exact imitators in LA. =)

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                              Cathy Jan 29, 2010 02:32 PM

                              Yes. Same logo. I guess same ownership, since it is listed on the site RJ cited.

                              The Miramar location is called Seafood and Grill and the other locations aren't. The Miramar one has the breakfast and the others don't.

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