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Oct 21, 2013 10:41 AM

Noodles in San Diego

New to San Diego. Where can I eat soba, udon or ramen? I know about Sushi Ota.

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  1. There's certainly no shortage of places to go for this. Away from PB, there's Yakyudori Yakitori on Convoy, and Underbelly in Little Italy, to name a couple.

    1. I'd add OB Noodle House to the list, in addition to Yakyudori and Underbelly.

      1. Yakitori Yakyudori. Or their sister restaurant Hinotez.

        1. Ramen Yamadaya on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Superb ramen in an incredibly rich tonkotsu broth.

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          1. re: deckape

            Yes, the basic tonkostu ramen here has flavorful broth and comes with very tender pork slices. Fairly ordinary noodles, though, and a small serving. Great bottled beer price.

            1. re: deckape

              I am really looking for soba or udon. The noodles you can easily find in Japan. Something like kake udon or zaru soba. May not be able to find it here.

              1. re: Vlager

                San Diego doesn't score all that well in the hot soba category, but I'd recommend Santouka in the Mitsuwa Marketplace when you have a craving. Zero atmosphere, but pretty good soba.

                For udon, I like the nabeyaki at Sushi Yoshino at the strip mall at the end of India Street at Washington, or the yaki udon at Izakaya Masa in Mission Hills.

                Okan used to make a wonderful, smoky soba in clear broth with duck breast and a charred naganegi. Really good- not sure if they still offer it.


                1. re: Vlager

                  There aren't any reall great soba places in SD. The closest you'll get are Okan and maybe Izakaya Sakura.

                  Hinotez has been really uneven in the udon dept. The best udon is at Yu Me Ya in Encinitas during the winter, where they make their own noodles.

                  Yakyudori Yakitori and Ramen has the best non-tonkatsu, non-tsukemen ramen.

                    1. re: SaltyRaisins

                      thanks---been on hiatus/strike for reasons that are not allowed to be discussed on this board... :-)

                        1. re: Cathy

                          One of the two - I thought that daantaat also got punished doing free lance advertising for a sushi joint up nort.

                2. re: deckape

                  Ramen Yamadaya has the best tonkotsu broth in SD, in my opinion. Only Santouka can compete but when you factor in the horrible ambiance of the Mitsuwa food court, it's no contest.

                3. I'll add Raki Raki on Convoy in with O'briens and Tofu House. I haven't been, hopefully someone can chime in since I have been wondering about it for months. Oh yeah, Worst Parking Lot in America.

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                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    I'll see if I can make it over there tomorrow and will report back, unless someone else responds before.

                    1. re: MrKrispy

                      Just back from Raki Raki where I had their tsukemen ramen, distinguished mainly (I guess) by the fact that the noodles are served separately from the bowl of broth, on a plate.

                      I like the ambience of the place, and felt comfortable there. Every detail of the interior says "Japanese", in a down-to-earth but modern way.

                      The serving of noodles was generous, and the noodles were just right. You can order them served cold or warm; I opted for warm.

                      Alas, the broth was unexceptional and too salty for my taste (and I do, by the way, like salty things), and the chunks of pork were tough.

                      I meant to see if they have udon on the menu, but forgot to look.

                      1. re: DoctorChow

                        Tsukemen ramen is not regular broth but a more concentrated version (and so much more salty). You just dip your noodles in it and you are not supposed to drink it.

                          1. re: MrKrispy

                            Any similar good places in Encinitas area?

                          2. re: honkman

                            I too like watching David Chang on Netflix.


                            1. re: honkman

                              Now you tell me.

                              Well, actually, that's how I started out, but eventually I put the noodles into the bowl and ate it like regular ramen.


                              1. re: DoctorChow

                                It's a bit like "drinking" or slurping the sauce/liquid in Ma Po Tofu.

                                I've seen people do it, so it's not like the world will end, right?

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I did actually drink what was left of the broth after the noodles and pork were gone, every drop. Yes, the world will keep spinning round and round. But this does help explain why everyone in the restaurant kept looking my way and snickering. :-)

                                  1. re: DoctorChow

                                    You can normally ask for some hot water to dilute the concentrated broth once you finished the noodles

                                    1. re: honkman

                                      Thanks for the tip, honkman. I wouldn't have thought to do this. But will.

                              2. re: honkman

                                I went to this place in Tokyo that specializes in tsukemen and it was fantastic:

                                But people there (including myself) drank the broth after the noodles were finished. It was way too good not to.

                                1. re: DougOLis

                                  To drink or not to drink. That is the question.

                                  In the case of RakiRaki, the tsukemen broth wasn't exactly fantastic, but it wasn't so bad (or so salty) that I didn't want to finish it, either.

                            2. re: MrKrispy

                              I went to Raki Raki yesterday and it was okay. I thought the broth was salty and there was a ton of (fried?) garlic that was pretty overwhelming. Keep in mind my only other ramen experience is Underbelly, but I did prefer the flavor of Underbelly over Raki Raki. I'm not sure if it is traditional or not, but Underbelly's softboiled egg was soo much better than the hardboiled egg of Raki Raki.

                              I also had the squid app at which was quite tasty.