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no SHIO ramen at Yakudori Ramen for two more weeks

toutefrite Mar 7, 2010 04:08 PM

I tried to order the shio ramen yesterday, but apparently the salt that they use for it is on order from Japan and won't be here for another couple of weeks. Very disappointed, but glad to know that it will be back. Just thought I would give a head's up. The takoyaki was fantastic though. Crisp crust, tender interior, flavorful as all hell!

  1. Dagney Mar 8, 2010 09:58 AM

    I tried to order the Shio last Monday, but they were out, I was traumatized!....;> I am loving this place.

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    1. re: Dagney
      stevuchan Mar 8, 2010 11:40 AM

      Do either of you know what type of salt is used for the Shio broth? It good to hear other menu items (i.e. Takoyaki) are getting better.

      1. re: stevuchan
        cgfan Mar 8, 2010 02:26 PM

        I've got my guesses, but it's only a guess. (We'll all have to keep in mind that for them it's a Himitsu [secret] ingredient, and a very important one at that...)

        It'll be tough to wait; they're Shio is incredible and is my fave!

        BTW anyone been there past midnight? I've heard various reports that they don't always stay open until 3 am. Last night I made a trip down there at 10:30 pm, only to see that they were shut down.

        1. re: cgfan
          toutefrite Mar 9, 2010 11:06 AM

          I tried to pin them down about exact hours but the waitress just smiled, shrugged and said it's not up to her. Their phone number is programmed into my phone so I can call ahead. Still haven't tried to fabled shio.... the suspense is killing me.

    2. Indirect Heat Mar 9, 2010 01:16 PM

      I look forward to trying the Shio ramen. Their other broths are pretty decent.

      1. Dagney Mar 9, 2010 08:33 PM

        Just had dinner at Yakyudori. Still out of the Shio....

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          keena Mar 10, 2010 11:17 AM

          I suspect this may be heresy to even think about but....can you get the ramen to go or is it just dine-in?

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            The Office Goat Mar 10, 2010 12:22 PM

            IIRC, when we went there the menu (or a sign) says the egg doesn't come with some ramen when it's "to-go" so they must be fine with to-go orders ... though I'd miss the egg.

            1. re: The Office Goat
              toutefrite Mar 10, 2010 05:34 PM

              Absolutely... that egg was defining for all future ramen experiences for me. Perfectly soft yolk, seasoned white. I wasn't even interested in the pork after that.

        2. cgfan Mar 15, 2010 02:14 PM

          Just returned from a visit to Yakyudori, and word is that it still looks to be up to 10 days out. I can't wait; their Shio is so incredibly good!

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            hye Mar 21, 2010 07:31 PM

            They've also changed the menu a bit - both shio and miso are up $0.50 to $7 and $7.50 respectively. Chashu ramen is off the menu and is replaced with spicy miso, also at $7.50, which looks like it has similar toppings to the Nagoya ramen. (And they now have relative spiciness indicators with Nagoya at 2 peppers, and Spicy-miso at 1)

            The overall layout of the menu has improved a bit, and I think a few sides might have been added.

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            MrKrispy Mar 21, 2010 09:49 PM

            Went to dinner last night, no Shio but oddly enough they have the "Spicy Shio."

            I found it a good time to try the Miso, which we were very happy with (I found the spicy shio to be fantastic). I just wish they'd get the damn skewers going!

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            1. re: MrKrispy
              cgfan Mar 21, 2010 10:23 PM

              I saw that too but didn't find it that odd. Given how "naked" the straight Shio is I'm sure they're still holding out for making it rock with their secret ingredient, whereas such subtleties will be lost in a spicy version.

              I'm expecting that just as Yakitori Yakyudori has specialized particularly in a Shio vs. Tare (salt vs. sauce) Yakitori, their Shio Ramen will likely be the center of their Ramen efforts.

              Can't wait. The interesting thing is that apparently the ingredient has already arrived in Los Angeles and is just waiting on their distributor to justify sending a delivery down to San Diego.

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              Yakitori Yakyudori
              3739 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

            2. Dagney Mar 29, 2010 07:41 PM

              THIS JUST IN: The Shio Ramen is baaaaaaaaack!! Had it today. Loved it.

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              1. re: Dagney
                cgfan Mar 30, 2010 07:45 AM

                Great update, Dagney! Now to take care of my fix...

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