Just moved to the area from LA and am DESPERATE to find a decent vegetarian ramen. My joint in LA was Orochon Ramen -- where you could get amazing, spicy and vegetarian noodles while adding various ingredients to your dish. Is there any place like this in the Bay area?
Ryowa in Mountain View and Ringer Hut in San Jose both offer vegetarian ramen. I haven't tried either personally. I did see the version at Ryowa and the person I was with said that it was good with more character than a lot of veggie broths have. I think it had some roasted sesame in the soup base, but again, I didn't taste it.
859 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041
1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Genki Ramen has some sort of vegetarian curry ramen. I think one of the Japantown places (Suzu? Tanpopo?) has a vegetarian ramen also.
3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
1740 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA
Cha-ya has pretty great vegan noodles, udon and soba, not ramen...worth trying
Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese
1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Lunching at Daimo in Richmond yesterday, I noticed posters on the wall promoting ramen and then was handed a laminated menu page with ramen choices. In addition to tonkotsu, shoyu and seafood choices, there's also a vegetarian ramen. Again, I didn't try it so can't offer a personal taste test. But I did verify with the waitress that there's no meat used in making the broth. Interestingly, there was some kind of disclaimer on the illustrated menu that the photos might not be accurate.