you win some, you lose some. sorry guys, ryowa ramen (mountain view) was absolutely awful - apologies to anyone who really likes the place... maybe i was just there on a really, really off day. i decided to check out ryowa after hearing my silicon valley friend mention it "years ago." since then, according to him, it may have changed owners.
on a random lunch day there during my trip to the bay, we had the ryowa and the butter corn ramen. frankly, they were bland and near-inedible, with the "ryowa" oozing an overwrought sesame flavor and the shio tasting like little more than saltwater. what surprised my friend, a longtime mountain view resident, the most was the simply awful gyoza that was undercooked and mealy. although he liked the fried rice. but let's face it. it's pretty hard to mess up fried rice.
amazingly, the place was PACKED during lunch. it must be the neighborhood, although why anyone would eat here at all (as opposed to maru ichi, which is just a couple of blocks down the street) i can't quite comprehend...
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