There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of ingredient-laden, broth-rich ramen on a rainy day, which the East Bay has had plenty of this year. The ramen here is just what Shiba claims: easy, casual, delicious, and full of umami. The sleek, minimalist surroundings (once home to Bitter Sweet) don’t offer much to baffle the sound, so there’s a lot of ambient noise. In a way, that’s probably a good thing so folks can’t hear all that slurping of noodles going on. It’s a streamlined dining experience, largely because of the abbreviated ramen-focused menu—spicy, clear, and dry varieties and toppings, with a few daily specials tossed in. The sides are slim (wings, gyoza, spicy radish, and specials), there is one dessert plus a rotating selection of craft beer and interesting sake. Serves lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat.