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May 2, 2013 09:51 AM

Looking for humanely priced ramen? Help may be on the way with Raijin Kitchen on Taraval [San Francisco]

If you are irked at paying $12 and up for a bowl of ramen (compared to $7-$8 for a great bowl of pho or hand-pulled Chinese noodles), Taraval St. may hold the answer. The Parkside has always been a haven for cheap Asian eats, and now comes Raijin Kitchen which only charges $7-$8 for a dinner-size bowl of ramen. I've only tried the fatty eponymous Raijin Ramen (because it was the house special -- I'm not a big tonkotsu fan) but plan to check out the other offerings. They also offer a selection of Japanese curry plates.

Raijin Kitchen
1353 Taraval St.
San Francisco

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  1. seems like a great spot :) Yah average price for a bowl of ramen, particularly here in San Francisco is like $12-$13. I used to go to Katana-Ya alot on Geary, but my go to spot now, specifically in the North Beach area is Kirimachi on Broadway and their ramen bowls average around $9-$10.

    I actually have a blog post about it:

    It's great to know that there is another fellow ramen lover!

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    1. re: TheNoodleGuy

      I like Kirimachi and have blogged about several of their offerings. They're pushing the double-digit level too, though just barely, but I can't complain since they are a 15-minute walk instead of a 45-minute transit ride.

      To clarify, I'm a more a noodle-lover than a ramen lover. There are other Asian noodles I'd rather be eating, but the ramen world is increasingly interesting as a phenomenon.

      1. re: soupçon

        Yes most certainly. The ramen world is certainly a phenomenon. I'd have to say that I love ramen and pho since the places that have them are near my work area. I usually go to eat pho during lunch time. I am a loyal patron to great pho places such as Pho Tan Hoa, Turtle Tower, and Pho 2000.

    2. I pass by that place nearly every day! Had no idea it was a ramen place. I'll give it a try soon.

      The location may be an issue. I hardly saw any one when it was a HK style snack shop.

      1. I found a Facebook page for Raijin Kitchen, which reveals that Raijin Kitchen is a sister restaurant to Men Oh Tokushima Ramen on Geary and Waraku Ramen (in the former Bushi-Tei Japantown space. Eiichi Mochizuki's been busy!

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        1. re: soupçon

          he should focus on the quality at men oh before opening new places