Address: 1298 65th St #1, Emeryville, CA 94608
Ramen: Spicy Tonkotsu. Chasu, menma, arugula, cayenne pepper slivers, soft boiled egg
Another new shop to pop-up during this amazing ramen boom, Yuzu Ramen & Broffee sits in a quite, honestly odd, part of Emeryville away from all of the hustle and bustle of Bay Street. Little known to me it honestly popped up in the Facebook advertisment feeds one day and I thought, hey, let’s try this out for lunch.
We popped over about a week ago for lunch after running some errands and made it in just before closing. (2pm is end of lunch) The actual restaraunt is layed out really cool, with an awesome back patio with heaters and blankets for those cold nights.
I went with my usual, the Spicy Tonkotsu. The bowl arrived and honestly it wasn’t anything to phone home about visually. The toppings looked good, were placed neatly, and it was very no-nonsense. The broth however, Wow! One of the better Tonkotsu broths I have had here in the Bay Area. Rich and creamy with some really nice layers of flavor including a bit of garlic and a hint of white pepper to then accompany the heat of the chili oil. The noodles were thin and basic, but were really well done. Not the best I have had, but really nothing to complain about. The Chasu was fantastic, perfectly cooked with a hint of smoke from being either grilled or bbq’d after the roasting. The egg, however, was disappointing. Way under cooked and not seasoned it was a total let down. Had the egg been cooked a tiny bit longer and seasoned it would have been a great dish. Especially at $15. This was a solid $10 ramen at best.
For East Bay spots it’s a good place to go. I will go back again for sure.
I travel a lot for my job, so I spend a lot of time in my local airport, SFO. Now on my search for Ramen, I’ve actually found one in Terminal 2 of SFO, the Virgin America Terminal. There’s a food outlet called WAKABA SUSHI & NOODLE and on their menu is an item simply called “RAMEN”. I wish I could say it’s amazing, it is not. The broth is simple, the noodles plain, the toppings flavorless and there is a ton of seaweed. There’s really not much more to say, this is not ramen. This is japanese flavored soup at the airport… sigh. I wont try to be clever in my writing and wax philosophical about how Ramen should be revered and done right rather than cheap but I won’t. This is an airport food stall that offers a soup dish that is ramen-like in name only. Do yourself a favor and get that burrito instead.
- Dish: Ramen
- Location: Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
- Address: Terminal 2, SFO, California
- Price: $9.00
- Extras: None
I love it when friends tell me to try a place in their neighborhood, there’s something about recommendations from those you know and love that get me excited for my next Ramen adventure. Even more exciting is when we can discover a place together and that’s just what happened with the recently opened TETSU RAMEN in Alameda.
We arrived around 3pm on a Sunday and there were only two other tables occupied (hmm), the servers were kind but a bit scattered and had to be reminded once or twice about of beverages and appies (double hmm). The menu looked solid so I opted for the MISO RAMEN (Pork Chasu, Ajitsuke Egg, Kikurage, Bamboo Shoots, Enoki Mushrooms, Corn, Green Onion, Naruto Fishcake, Nori & Miso Pork Bone Broth) with extra Spice on the side (I mean c’mon, it has to be spicy).
The bowl arrived and I was shocked, big, colorful and a wonderful aroma permeated my nostrils, wow, did this smell good. The broth was everything I was hoping it would be, rich, complex yet silky smooth, the Tonkotsu/Miso combination was a surefire hit. The noodles were fresh and abundant, the meat tender, the egg perfectly cooked and the veggies crisp. All in all, this was a fantastic tasting and filling bowl of Ramen!
If I were judging this place of the food alone, I would give it a four right off the bat but the service needs some fine-tuning and I have yet to try the other options on the menu. That said, I will definitely be back to TETSU RAMEN for another bowl of goodness. The first bite was a winner!
- Dish: Miso Ramen
- Location: Tetsu Ramen
- Address: 1245 Park St, Alameda, California
- Price: $12.00
- Extras: Extra Spice