Ramen Yamadaya, a chain from Los Angeles, is now in SF Japantown. It's at the old Iroha cuz those signs are still seen, I never ate there. It's upstairs from Shabu-Sen on Buchanan that Pedestrian area.
Got there around 5:15pm because they open at 5:30pm and knew there would be a line. There was only 3 other people ahead of me so I was happy. They have a sign-up sheet so did that & waited.
Got seated in the booth that probably can seat 4. There are several 2-top tables, I think they plan to bring more for that empty spot in the middle, not sure when. You get Free tap iced water.
We got the Tonkotsu Ramen (basic pork broth ramen) $8.95 - Oh boy, that broth is magical. You have to try it if you like pork! Noodles are more like Chinese thin noodles - not the best, but ok. One small, but thick piece of pork was very tender, some sesame, green onions, bamboo. Get it!
Kakuni pork belly $3.50 - It's looks like a huge slab of pork belly. We just ate the meat & left the fat. It was a bit dry without the fat.
Ask for Fresh Garlic that's FREE - you'll get 6 cloves of garlic & a garlic press to use. It's nice.
Separate bathrooms near the front door on the Left.
Go Early & eat Fast, because there's a line & people are waiting for your seats!
Mon, W-Sun 11:30-3; 5:30-9