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Jun 13, 2013 08:13 PM

Tamashii ramen pacific east mall,richmond

Saw this sign a few days ago. Anyone familiar with tamashii ramen?

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  1. Logo appears to be the same as this spot in Sherman Oaks. That would be nice if they're related.

    But I can't make out any of the words underneath the name. What's it say?

    Sweet Cafe at Pacific Sq. gone, ramen coming soon. [Richmond

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Yes - it is part of the chain. The words at the bottom list a new one opening soon in LA somewhere (Santa Monica?) and their Sherman Oaks location.
      I've been meaning to swing by to get an update on opening date - havent had a chance.

      1. re: dolcetto

        Nothing posted yet and no work going on as of this AM.

    2. Went for lunch today. Got spicy tonkatsu ramen with extra broth and dried seaweed. A friend ordered chicken ramen with extra broth and broccoli. With tip, the bill came to $15/person. The broth was good and flavorful. Those eating around us commented how little meat came with each order. I concurred. My ramen had two thin pieces of pork and half a boiled egg. I paid $1 for three pieces of dried seaweed, each about 2 square inches.

      Service was terrible. My friend's broccoli came when we were almost done with our ramen. A lady at the next table noticed the staff dropping a soup spoon on the floor as she was setting up a new table. This waitress simply picked up the spoon from the floor, wiped it on her apron and placed it on the table for the next party of three customers. But for the witness insisting that the staff replace the dirty spoon, the restaurant was going to treat it like a nuisance complaint. The waitress denied her behavior. The manager came out and dismissed the incidence due to inexperienced staff.

      While the food was good, it was not great. I thought it expensive for what we got. The sanitary issue alone would discourage me from going back.


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        1. re: od_sf

          sobo ramen has tonkatsu tonkotsu ramen, but i guess it's on the side. you're probably right in this case :)

          maybe they've misspelled it on the menu like Genki, to further confuse people. i've actually told the Genki staff it was misspelled, but i guess they didn't care that much.

      1. In the neighborhood on Monday, I had a chance to try the East Bay’s newest ramen-ya. Tamashii is located in a prime spot, right across from the Ranch 99 check out stands.

        I ordered the Black Tonkotsu ramen, $10.95, made with pork bone broth topped with black garlic oil. While emulsified to a milky tone from 15 hours of boiling, the tonkotsu stock’s a light, not as salty and less fatty style. This felt Chinese-y to me, as if tailored for the Sino-palate. Made without MSG, the flavor was pleasant enough but not as deep and rich as it could be. The black garlic was not nearly as robust as Maru Ichi’s kuro ramen.

        As noted in the other post, chashu was two smallish pieces. Striated with fat, the pork was slightly overdone, breaking apart too easily.

        The seasoned egg was textbook with a runny yolk and tender white seasoned lightly in a shoyu-based marinade. Only a half, I would probably add an extra next time, as the toppings on the standard bowl are rather scant. The only other ingredients included green onions, kikurage and the noodles.

        This turned out to be a fairly simple bowl of ramen. What really makes one sit up and pay attention though is the excellent quality of the noodles. Knowing I’d not tasted these anywhere else around here, I found out that they’re fresh noodles imported from Japan. No alkali and no preservatives, my server said they have a short shelf life. They’re medium thick, straight, and have a yellowish cast. The very dense texture’s satisfyingly elastic with a clean bite. And the ramen did not turn soft in the hot stock.

        I would agree that prices are on the high side, plus there’s a $2 charge for insipid hot tea. Also the portion size is small. While the individual serving bowls have a wide profile, they’re quite tapered on the bottom and the surface of the soup is nearly 3” below the rim, as shown here. The volume is quite a bit less than the initial illusion.

        My server suggested that I try the miso ramen or shoyu tonkotsu next time if I want a heavier soup base. Tamashii enters the ramen ranking at #27.

        1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
        2. Tsujita, 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
        3. Tatsunoya at Mitsuwa Kyushu and Okinawan festival, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        4. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
        5. Orenchi Ramen, 3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
        6. Santouka, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        7. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View
        8. Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
        9. Shin Shin Men Men, 21265 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
        10. Gaku Japanese Charcoal Grill, 5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
        11. Yonsei Ramen Shop @ Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
        12. Ajisen Noodle, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
        13. Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
        14. Ramen Dojo, 805 South B St, San Mateo
        15. Shalala, 698 W Dana St, Mountain View
        16. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
        17. Izakaya Restaurant, 1335 N 1st St, San Jose
        18. Alexander’s Steakhouse Lounge, 10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (closed)
        19. Santa, 1944 South El Camino Real, San Mateo
        20. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (closed)
        21. Ramen Tenma, 487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        22. Hapa Ramen, 1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco
        23. Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
        24. Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge, 508 4th St, San Francisco (closed)
        25. Izakaya Sozai, 1500 Irving St, San Francisco
        26. Sumiya, 2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
        27. Tamashii Ramen House, 3288 Pierce St, Richmond
        28. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont (closed)
        29. Hana Japanese Restaurant, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
        30. Ken Ken Ramen, pop-up at The Corner, San Francisco (closed, moved)
        31. Kyora Japanese Restaurant, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale (closed)
        32. Sobo, 988 Franklin St, Oakland
        33. Kotetsu Ramen, 2089 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
        34. BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
        35. Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
        36. Dohatsuten, 799 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
        37. Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
        38. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland
        39. Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, 5120 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
        40. Muracci’s, 244 State St, Los Altos
        41. Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
        42. Tadamasa, 34672 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
        43. Noodle Me, America’s Cup Village concession, San Francisco
        44. Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
        45. Ippuku, 2130 Center St, Berkeley
        46. Nombe, 2491 Mission St, San Francisco
        47. Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
        48. Shimo Modern Steakhouse, 241 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg (closed)
        49. Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
        50. Ramen Misoya, 3541 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
        51. Chubby Noodle, 570 Green St, San Francisco
        52. Ame Restaurant, 689 Mission St, San Francisco
        53. Yu-Raku, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
        54. Namu, 439 Balboa St, San Francisco (moved)
        55. Halu Restaurant, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
        56. Sanmi, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
        57. Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
        58. Kahoo, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
        59. Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
        60. Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        61. Noodle Theory, 3242 Scott St, San Francisco (closed)
        62. Watami Shabu Shabu and Ramen, 5344 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
        63. Where’s Buta by Elgin Espiritu and June Lee, Eat Real Festival, Oakland
        64. Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
        65. Japanese Restaurant Hoshi, 246 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara
        66. Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
        67. Saiwaii Ramen, 2240 Irving St, San Francisco
        68. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley (after ownership change)
        69. King Won Ton, 1936 Irving St, San Francisco
        70. Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
        71. Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (closed)
        72. Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino (closed)
        73. Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo (closed)
        74. Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose (now Dan Izakaya)
        75. Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
        76. King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
        77. Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco (closed, moved)
        78. Genki Ramen, 3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
        79. Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        80. Dan Izakaya, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
        81. Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
        82. 100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
        83. Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
        84. H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (closed)
        85. Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
        86. Chotto, 3317 Steiner St, San Francisco
        87. Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
        88. Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
        89. Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
        90. Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
        91. La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas (closed)
        92. Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
        93. Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
        94. Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
        95. Bushido Izakaya, 156 Castro St, Mountain View
        96. Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
        97. Asuka Ramen, 883 Bush St, San Francisco (closed)
        98. Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
        99. Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
        100. Ramen Tomo, 4390 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
        101. Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
        102. Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco (closed)
        103. Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
        104. Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
        105. Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

        8 Replies
        1. re: Melanie Wong

          If they're not alkaline noodles, what would make them yellowish?

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I had the same reaction and asked if there was egg yolk in the noodles. No to that too.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Did it seem like the staff really understood what alkaline noodles are?

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yes, because I used the Japanese words and Chinese words.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              The articles about Sun Noodle say that some places custom order noodles with Vitamin B2.

            3. re: Melanie Wong

              Melanie, where would you rank Ramen Underground (Kearny @ Bush, SF)? Or does it not make the cut?

              1. re: barleywino

                Can't speak for Melanie (or to Ramen Underground, which I haven't tried), but with Bear's Ramen House in Berkeley's Asian Ghetto at the bottom (instant noodle blocks. powdered broth), it would be hard not to make the cut . . .

                1. re: drewskiSF

                  Very true! ;)

                  I haven't been to Ramen Underground in FiDi. The branch in Japantown is dreadful.

            4. We like this place and go on a regular basis. You can have extra ingredients added to ramen which is nice. We have tried several dishes but our favorite is the Spicy Tonkotsu ramen, ordered spicy with black garlic oil, extra green onion and soft boiled egg. We had this yesterday. The broth was rich, flavorful and comforting. The smokey black garlic oil adds another layer of complexity to the rich spicy flavor profile. The dish was rich, satisfying and filling but not overly heavy and was not overloaded with MSG.

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              1. re: Ridge

                It's a very solid choice. As noted above the noodles are different and better than the usual suspects around here. I need to go back and try another soup stock.

              2. Absolutely - it's now established and has some of the freshest sushi and exquisite dishes. It's definitely a hidden gem in the Pacific East Indoor Mall. I heard of it through a friend and I have gone back with my family at Lear seven or eight times. Traditional with a sense of contemporary art infused in its food. Yeah, great!