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Ramen Shop

Map5812 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 788-6370
  • Japanese
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Once you’ve crossed the threshold, you feel like you’ve stepped into a rustic noodle joint in Japan. Chez Panisse alumni Sam White, Jerry Jaksich, and Rayneil De Guzman opened their labor of love in January, and it took about 10 minutes for it to become the East Bay’s hottest new restaurant. The menu is limited to four or five appetizers, three choices of ramen ($15 a bowl), and two or three desserts. But there’s enough going on to keep your eyes and taste buds focused and enthralled. We recently enjoyed a shoyu (soy sauce) and Meyer lemon broth with spit-roasted chashu (pork), salt-cured egg, Mendocino nori (seaweed), and spring onions; a veggie miso-based broth with maitake and king oyster mushrooms, salt-cured egg, and takana (mustard green); a spicy miso broth with ground pork belly, shoyu-marinated egg, asparagus, and spring onions; and tantanmen with a spicy red chili broth. The velvety ramen broths can be terrifically rich, so a wise course would be to sample as many appetizers as possible then share some ramen and leave room for a black sesame ice cream sandwich, an airy pistachio pudding, or luscious jasmine tapioca. The question of what to drink here is answered by a rotating menu of about a dozen beers ($5 to $30 for various sized cans and bottles, from extra light lagers to super-hopped ales), a similar range of wines, and a full bar that puts out specialty punches and cocktails. In keeping with recent trends in Oakland dining, this restaurant transcends its niche status through vision, imagination, and integrity that bring forth a welcoming, self-contained dining domain unlike any other. Serves dinner six days (closed Tue.)

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Location: Oakland-Rockridge
Price: $$
Features: Credit Cards Accepted
Full Bar
Wheelchair Accessible

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