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Oct 2, 2011 07:40 PM

Ramen Parlor in San Mateo

too many flavors out there to come back here, though i would like to.
ramen parlor just open, son of santa ramen, son of....
tried the pork flavoring with lobster oil ramen(9.50)
-toppings not the traditional ones but bacon bits, mushrooms, onions, etc. traditional ones are extras.
-grilled chicken leg meat with green onions(2.25)
only onions were flavorful. chicken bland.
*ramen chewy and sparse. would consider this hybrid spicy ramen in the middle of the pack.

note: only 3 kinds ramen offered: soy, pork flavoring, and the pork flavoring with lobster oil. (off the top of my head. no notes).

ramen parlor
901 S. B St
San Mateo, Ca.

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  1. Bacon bits and mushroom sound like a salad (or a pizza). According to the ad in Bay Spo, they made it sound like they're trying to go the izakaya route with Ramen Parlor...a ramenya with some yakitori skewers.... Santa's yakitori (more specifically the gizzards and the grilled chicken wings) before they moved were ok but by no means great, and it sounds like Parlor hasn't nailed them down yet.

    Hybrid ramen (if talking about broth) would be pork, miso, or soy sauce broth mixed in with a stock of shellfish, and/or cooked with dried fish (ni-boshi). Lobster oil is more like a topping, and in fact this is probably Santa's base broth slightly modified and repackaged to make it look new....was not impressed with Dojo myself. Spicy ramen? Just the base broth with chili oil and modified toppings too.

    About Yu-Raku, was there less than a month ago, but ordered similar things. Tantanmen overall was good, but noodles were unfortunately overcooked/soggy/limpy. Gyoza contents were mushy instead of solid and quickly fell apart when taking small bites. Texture wise not there, but flavor wise really good. Hopefully an off night, but still a tasty meal overall.....just not too crazy about the higher prices (compared to other Chinese food in the area, even if different style).

    104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401

    3 Replies
    1. re: K K

      yep, wasn't impressed, definitely lobster oil taste at the beginning but not at the end of the broth. menu also specifics lobster oil.
      remember yakitori had beef (tongue plus 2 others) and chicken,(saw gizzard, wings, hearts) not sure about pork.

      one curiosity about ramen parlor. main guy(japanese) takes the order. a beeline brings the food to the table, one plate at a time. assistants include a japanese gal and a chicana. only water is served. think tea is extra. guy mentioned tea very small portion.

      1. re: shanghaikid

        Thanks for reporting in on Ramen Parlour. Soupy noodle weather is upon us again.

        Yu-Raku was fine but not so compelling for an immediate return for me either.

        Ramen Parlor
        901 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I really like Ramen Parlor. No egg on default bowl. The eggs are hard boiled so I don't bother to add toppings. Some people like to add corn to balance the salty broth. You're supposed to mix the broth with everything to get the full effect. The single shrimp on top seems like decoration, because it's devained but still has the shell. I pulled the shell sides like a banana, and ate the top tossed the rest.

          Appetizers and yakitori are only available for dinner. But I saw that some friends of the kitchen staff came in and the chef made 3 appetizers just for them. Lunch is not busy at all. But not for long after more people find out about it.

          The place is quite and peaceful (for now). This is the new modern seafood-style of ramen that's popular in Japan (chef Keisuke Takeda) and Hawaii (for example, Dungeness crab ramen w/truffle oil by chef D.K. Kodama).

          Ramen Parlor
          901 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401