Yuzu Ramen & Broffee:

Address: 1298 65th St #1, Emeryville, CA 94608

Website: http://www.yuzurb.com/

Ramen: Spicy Tonkotsu. Chasu, menma, arugula, cayenne pepper slivers, soft boiled egg 

Price: $15

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.

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Ramen Yamadaya: Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen

Both Matt and I have eaten at RAMEN YAMADAYA and both had excellent meals there, this time however was a huge disappointment.

I came in an hour before closing and ordered a Chicken Karrage, which was absolutely fantastic. I also went with my standby,  Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen but here’s where it all fell apart.

The Ramen was warm but not hot, the spice was non-existent, the noodles were overcooked and the egg was horrible. While the broth itself was tasty, it started to get that congealed texture pretty quickly as it wasn’t hot enough at point of serving. While the corn was great and the onions top notch, the spice powder lacked the punch I was expecting for a “spicy ramen” and the noodles were so overdone I thought they were going to fall apart on my chopsticks. The pork was good but the egg, the egg, oh, the egg… the egg quite honestly was old. Felt like it was prepped the day before, left to sit out and deposited it in my late night bowl the next evening. I was really disappointed.

Every shop has an off night and maybe I shouldn’t go for Ramen so close to closing time but as a business, you should be expected to deliver top quality product during your business hours, anything less in unacceptable. I’m still a fan of YAMADAYA but it may be a while before I return.

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Dish: Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen w. Corn
Location: Ramen Yamadaya
Address: 1728 Buchanan St. San Francisco, CA 94115
Price $9.45
Rating: rating_2
Website: http://www.ramen-yamadaya.com/index.html