Heading to Berkeley, looking for good Ramen place
Anyone know the best place to get Ramen?
Cha-Ya on Shattuck (at Virginia) - serves a great bowl of vegetarian - vegan noodles (not Ramen per se) - darn tasty
Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese
1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Your best bet is probably Norikonoko on Telegraph, but Ramen is definitely not the best item on their menu.
You'll need to go further south to Tadamasa in Union City or Dohatsuten in Fremont or the peninsula for top notch stuff.
Ryowa is below standard. I haven't been to Ryowa in a while either (at least 3 years). But, it was really bad starting about 5 or so years ago when it changed hands. Unless it's gotten better, avoid. Didn't know about any good ramen in Berkeley; I never thought that it was even on the Norikonoko menu. How good is good? Worth a trip to Berkeley, or just the best of a not so good bunch.
(I just edited my reply; I confused Noodle Theory and another place. I've never been to Noodle Theory, so still on my "to try" list due to mixed reviews. i.e. not all bad)
Currently, SF has a passable ramen place (Sawaii), but nothing stand out. Not so happy with Tampopo for the past few years, nor any of the others I've tried (Katana-Ya, Suzu).
I usually plan to get my ramen fix down south (Orenchi, Shalala, Santouka). I'm told I need to explore mid peninsula ramen (never been a fan of Santa, but I've overlooked Ramen Dojo).
2068 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
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