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Cold Ramen Salad at Izakaya Restaurant in San Jose


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Cold Ramen Salad at Izakaya Restaurant in San Jose

Melanie Wong | Jul 5, 2011 05:30 PM

Now that the heat of summer is finally here, cold ramen might fill the bill again. On September 28 last year, a scorcher of a day, cravings for a lunch of cold ramen could not be denied. I’d enjoyed the buttered clam ramen at Izakaya, and returned to try the Ramen Salad.

On the dinner menu only, but I came in toward the end of lunch service when it wasn't busy and the kitchen agreed to make it for me.

Here’s the lovely Ramen Salad and iced green tea. Loved the dressing! It’s served in a squirt bottle on the side to add as you wish, and I squeezed the sauce on liberally. Quite addictive, the ramen dressing was a bit creamy, salty and a bit tart, and spiked with tingly sansho pepper.

Ramen salad, $9.75, topped with masago, prawn, asparagus tips, seaweed salad, and surimi, over a bed of iceberg lettuce with dressing on the side. Normally I avoid surimi (fake krab), but the pile of finely shredded blended with the greenery and delicious dressing hit it for me.

Cold noodles were well-drained to not dilute the flavor of the dressing, bouncy and firmly chewy. Really, my only criticism is that the shrimp was just a tad tough.

Based on the cold ramen salad, Izakaya rises to #11 in the rankings.

1. Ramen Halu, 375 Saratoga Ave Ste M, San Jose
2. Santouka, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
3. Himawari, 202 2nd Ave, San Mateo
4. Orenchi Ramen, 3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
5. Maru Ichi, 368 Castro St, Mountain View;
6. Izakaya Mai, 212 2nd Avenue, San Mateo
7. Ajisen Noodle, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont
8. Maru Ichi, 530 Barber Lane, Milpitas
9. Ramen Dojo, 805 South B St, San Mateo
10. Tanto, 1063 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
11. Izakaya Restaurant, 1335 N 1st St, San Jose
12. Alexander’s Steakhouse Lounge, 10330 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino
13. Santa, 1944 South El Camino Real, San Mateo (post-move)
14. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (closed)
15. Ramen Tenma, 487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
16.Ryowa, 859 Villa St, Mountain View
17. Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge, 508 4th St, San Francisco
18. Sumiya, 2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
19. Gen Ramen, 47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont (closed)
20. Hana Japanese Restaurant, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
21. Kyora Japanese Restaurant, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
22. BY Grill, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
23. Norikonoko, 2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
24. Dohatsuten, 799 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto
25. Hana, 4320 Moorpark, San Jose
26. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway, Oakland
27. Muracci’s, 244 State St, Los Altos
28. Katanaya, 430 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
29. Tadamasa, 34672 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
30. Masa's Sushi, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View
31. Nombe, 2491 Mission St, San Francisco
32. Gochi, 19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
33. Oyaji, 3123 Clement St, San Francisco
34. Namu, 439 Balboa St, San Francisco
35. Halu Restaurant, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco
36. Sanmi, 3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
37. Hatcho, 1271 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara
38. Kahoo, 4330 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
39. Tomoe, 810 3rd St, San Rafael (closed)
40. Ringer Hut, 1072 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
41. Noodle Theory, 3242 Scott St, San Francisco (closed)
42. Watami Shabu Shabu and Ramen, 5344 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (closed)
43. Where’s Buta by Elgin Espiritu and June Lee, Eat Real Festival, Oakland
44. Kumako, 211 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
45. Japanese Restaurant Hoshi, 246 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara
46. Ramen Club, 723 California Dr, Burlingame
47. Ryowa, 2068 University Ave, Berkeley (after ownership change)
48. King Won Ton, 1936 Irving St, San Francisco
49. Tazaki Sushi, 3420 Judah St, San Francisco
50. Ramen Rama, 19774 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (closed)
51. Ogi-San Ramen, 10789 Blaney Ave, Cupertino (closed)
52. Kaimuki Grill, 104 S El Camino Real, San Mateo (closed)
53. Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave, San Jose (name change to Dan Izakaya)
54. Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), 2445 Noriega St, San Francisco
55. King's Garden Ramen, 39055 Cedar Blvd, Newark (closed)
56. Sushi Bistro, 445 Balboa St, San Francisco
57. Genki Ramen, 3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
58. Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, 675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
59. Lakuni, 325 E 4th Ave, San Mateo
60. 100% Healthy Desserts, 1155 Taraval St., San Francisco
61. Mifune, 1737 Post St, San Francisco
62. H2A Noodle, 42318 Fremont Blvd., Fremont (closed)
63. Iroha, 1728 Buchanan St, San Francisco
64. Miraku Noodles, 2131 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
65. Manpuku, 2977 College Ave, Berkeley
66. Tanpopo, 1740 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
67. Sushi Yoshi, 39261 Cedar Blvd, Newark
68. La Shang Niang Ramen (OEC), 42 Dixon Rd, Milpitas
69. Oidon, 71 E. 4th Avenue, San Mateo
70. Taraval Okazu Ya, 1735 Taraval St., San Francisco
71. Suzu Noodle House, 1581 Webster Street, San Francisco
72. Bushido Izakaya, 156 Castro St, Mountain View
73. Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
74. Asuka Ramen, 883 Bush St, San Francisco
75. Sapporo-ya, 1581 Webster St, San Francisco
76. Tokyo Ramen, 678 Barber Lane, Milpitas (closed)
77. Kamakura, 2549 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
78. Mama-san!, 312 8th Ave, San Francisco (closed)
79. Katana-ya Ramen, 10546 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito
80. Hotei, 1290 9th Ave, San Francisco
81. Bear's Ramen House, 2521 Durant, Berkeley

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Izakaya Restaurant
1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

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