Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Santa Clara

Ramen Taka in Santa Clara

stravaigint | | Aug 25, 2013 01:46 PM

I noticed this a couple of weeks ago while taking a stroll after Mission City Creamery and finally stopped by today for lunch. It's opposite Ike's Place on The Alameda.

They specialize in Hakata ramen -- with thin, very firm noodles and pork broth -- from Kyushu. They offer a basic Taka ramen, with what looks like one or two slices of pork, and a Chashu ramen which has enough slices to encircle the bowl completely. Being a greedy guts, I ordered the latter and added an extra hanjuku tamago.

Ramen arrived quickly and came in a small bowl with seven slices of pork around the edges. Extra egg was served on the side (yay!). Broth was flavorful but perhaps still a touch mild; I think with time they'll get the richness up. Not too salty at all. The noodles were firm indeed, on the far side of chewy, which I really enjoyed. Pork was thin-cut, but had enough bite to make it delicious. Eggs were properly runny. I managed one refill (small charge) of the lovely, firm noodles.

They're actually tracking refills on a chalkboard on the wall. Proving yet again how close-knit the ramen-ya scene is, the current leader -- with FOURTEEN top-ups -- actually works at an old favorite a few zip codes over *waves*

Staff are wonderfully enthusiastic and friendly.

Looking forward to a return visit.


Ramen Taka
2219 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Currently open only for lunch, Wednesday thru Monday.

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