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Godzilla Ramen at Noodle Me, America’s Cup Village, San Francisco

Melanie Wong Sep 3, 2013 11:26 PM

Noodle Me is a pop-up that was born in the kitchen of Dobbs Ferry SF Restaurant. It operates a concession stand at America’s Cup Village on the Marina Green on race days. I had noticed it last month and had a chance to try it on Sunday after the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Race 2.

Here’s the day’s menu:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/9664624109/lightbox/
(The young girl is chowing on mac&cheese from the next booth, but nonetheless, she’s a good candidate for the next age class of “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter”, no?)

I ordered the Godzilla ramen, $11, and added a dollop of roasted garlic from the array of creative condiments. The shiro miso stock base was intensely meaty in taste with a pool of fatty richness floating on top. Mildly sweet, assertively salty but not overdone, umami to the max . . . all good. Ample amounts of shredded seven-spice scented roast duck lurked beneath the surface. Skinless, sadly, but the concentration of the delicious soup stock was probably amped up by the sacrifice.

The vegetable toppings: spinach, corn, scallions, and slivers of sweet red onion were all clean tasting and fresh as can be. The bean sprouts were missing, which was OK with me. However, the slices of fish cake were also left off, and that’s a demerit. The other problem was that the noodles seemed to be precooked, since they were too soft and cooler in temperature than the soup stock.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/9667858950/lightbox/

As take-out served in a paper cup, there’s not much opportunity for presentation points. Yet, overall, this tasted great and the combination of ingredients worked well together. A couple from Switzerland who had ordered the same lunch joined me at the picnic table. It was fun to watch the delight on their faces on tasting the first bite. Noodle Me enters the ramen ranking at #42. I look forward to trying more when its restaurant opens.

Noodle Me – brick and mortar coming soon
http://noodlemesf.com/about/

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKING
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. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont (closed)
28. Hana Japanese Restaurant, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
29. Ken Ken Ramen, pop-up at The Corner, San Francisco (closed, moved)
30. Kyora Japanese Restaurant, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale (closed)
31. Sobo, 988 Franklin St, Oakland
32. Kotetsu Ramen, 2089 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
33. BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
34. Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
35. Dohatsuten, 799 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
36. Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
37. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland
38. Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, 5120 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
39. Muracci’s, 244 State St, Los Altos
40. Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
41. Tadamasa, 34672 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
42. Noodle Me, America’s Cup Village concession, San Francisco
43. Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
44. Ippuku, 2130 Center St, Berkeley
45. Nombe, 2491 Mission St, San Francisco
46. Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
47. Shimo Modern Steakhouse, 241 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg (closed)
48. Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
49. Ramen Misoya, 3541 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
50. Chubby Noodle, 570 Green St, San Francisco
51. Ame Restaurant, 689 Mission St, San Francisco
52. Yu-Raku, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
53. Namu, 439 Balboa St, San Francisco (moved)
54. Halu Restaurant, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
55. Sanmi, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
56. Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
57. Kahoo, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
58. Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
59. Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
60. Noodle Theory, 3242 Scott St, San Francisco (closed)
61. Watami Shabu Shabu and Ramen, 5344 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
62. Where’s Buta by Elgin Espiritu and June Lee, Eat Real Festival, Oakland
63. Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
64. Japanese Restaurant Hoshi, 246 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara
65. Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
66. Saiwaii Ramen, 2240 Irving St, San Francisco
67. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley (after ownership change)
68. King Won Ton, 1936 Irving St, San Francisco
69. Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
70. Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (closed)
71. Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino (closed)
72. Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo (closed)
73. Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose (now Dan Izakaya)
74. Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
75. King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
76. Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco (closed, moved)
77. Genki Ramen, 3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
78. Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
79. Dan Izakaya, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
80. Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
81. 100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
82. Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
83. H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (closed)
84. Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
85. Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
86. Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
87. Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
88. Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
89. La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas (closed)
90. Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
91. Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
92. Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
93. Bushido Izakaya, 156 Castro St, Mountain View
94. Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
95. Asuka Ramen, 883 Bush St, San Francisco (closed)
96. Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
97. Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
98. Ramen Tomo, 4390 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
99. Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
100. Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco (closed)
101. Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
102. Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
103. Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

 
 
 
  1. soupçon Sep 4, 2013 07:27 AM

    Hapa Ramen was the ramen vendor of record at the America's Cup Village during the America's Cup World Series last year. Guess they didn't cut the mustard (or the wasabi).

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    1. re: soupçon
      Melanie Wong Sep 4, 2013 10:10 AM

      Thanks, didn't know that.

      The Noodle Me folks seemed disappointed in the attendance and foot traffic at the races so far. So Hapa's absence may be its own decision.

      The last two races of the RBYAC start at 11am today. I had a (free) ringside seat on a shoreline park bench on Sunday. Not many folks around.

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