Ramen Taka in Santa Clara
I noticed this a couple of weeks ago while taking a stroll after Mission City Creamery and finally stopped by today for lunch. It's opposite Ike's Place on The Alameda.
They specialize in Hakata ramen -- with thin, very firm noodles and pork broth -- from Kyushu. They offer a basic Taka ramen, with what looks like one or two slices of pork, and a Chashu ramen which has enough slices to encircle the bowl completely. Being a greedy guts, I ordered the latter and added an extra hanjuku tamago.
Ramen arrived quickly and came in a small bowl with seven slices of pork around the edges. Extra egg was served on the side (yay!). Broth was flavorful but perhaps still a touch mild; I think with time they'll get the richness up. Not too salty at all. The noodles were firm indeed, on the far side of chewy, which I really enjoyed. Pork was thin-cut, but had enough bite to make it delicious. Eggs were properly runny. I managed one refill (small charge) of the lovely, firm noodles.
They're actually tracking refills on a chalkboard on the wall. Proving yet again how close-knit the ramen-ya scene is, the current leader -- with FOURTEEN top-ups -- actually works at an old favorite a few zip codes over *waves*
Staff are wonderfully enthusiastic and friendly.
Looking forward to a return visit.
2219 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Currently open only for lunch, Wednesday thru Monday.
re: Melanie Wong
They're starting dinner service on Dec 1st! It was mentioned on y*lp and I confirmed with the staff. They will have an expanded menu, although they wouldn't say what.
Anyway, I went back on Sunday and added some red ginger.
Broth is improving, but could still get richer IMHO. I also ordered a side of gyoza this time. Really dainty, not the horrid lumps a lot of places have. Nice thin wrappers that still had bite, and properly crispy on the bottom.
It's just bragging rights. Our favorite Halu worker has now been knocked to second place, and the new leader has TWENTY-ONE kaedamas.