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Dec 17, 2013 08:19 AM

Ramen Yamadaya coming to SF Japantown

LA-based Ramen Yamadaya is opening in the former Iroha space above Shabu-Sen in Japantown. Thursday, December 19 is the planned opening date on the banner out front.

1728 Buchanan St. San Francisco, CA 94115

With Waraku and Underground opening earlier this year, 2013 has been a good year for ramen options in the neighborhood.

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  1. That's a nice space and I hope Ramen Yamadaya makes it more worth going to.

    1. That space is not exactly conspicuous. I have walked by Iroha many times but never tried it. Was it pretty good?

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      1. I stopped by today and they were still working away at the changeover. I was told Saturday dinner service would be their opening.

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        1. re: soupçon

          It looked bare yesterday... those Christmas elves had to work all night if they're ready for dinner service today.

          1. re: Cynsa

            They didn't have any tables or chairs, but they did have the booths set up, and they did have ramen. They ran out of tea and side dishes and pretty much everything else other than ramen, however.

            As far as the ramen goes: I had the tonkotsu kotteri. The noodles were nicely firm (reminded me a bit of ichiran), but the broth wasn't as fatty as I would have expected, and I had more of a iodine tang from the kombu than I prefer. All in all, a decent bowl for the US, although a little small for $10. I'd be curious to know how it compares to the other locations.

            1. re: secretagentmoof

              For Friday's lunch at Ramen Underground in J-town (no msg); we had takoyaki, spicy miso ramen and tonkotsu ramen with extra spinach. The tonkotsu broth was too salty for us and not satisfying... with tip $40. The spicy miso is sinus-clearing and if you like spicy, this is it! Ramen noodles are al dente and served steaming hot; but it's too small a portion. Order extra noodles.
              $10 for the tonkotsu kotteri at Ramen Yamadaya is worth a try next week; then it's back to Himawari in San Mateo.
              Still searching for that elusive bowl of ramen that evokes memories of steaming late-night street food; fragrant with green onion, pork, and soft boiled egg.

              1. re: Cynsa

                Split a deluxe spicy miso ramen at Himawari last Monday. An excellent bowl, enough for 2 to share. Noodles nicely aldente, custardy egg, tender pork, great broth. Altogether a satisfying bowl. Perfect in this weather....

                1. re: Cynsa

                  I ended up at Ramen Underground on Thursday when Ramen Yamadaya failed to meet their target opening and went with the habanero ramen, which also is respectably spicy. My main gripes were that there was two little broth, and it was a little pricey for the skimpy toppings ($11.00 got you a single piece of chashu, some sliced mushrooms and some greenery). The pic below is as served.

                  The pan-fryed gyoza I had were undistinguished.