I took BY Grill off of Melanie Wong's ramen list and decided to try it since it's not too far from my apt. Not sure what anyone else thinks about going to an empty restaurant, normally I won't even bother, but this time my bf and I decided to take the plunge.
First off, if you are big on ambiance, really, don't try this place. The dining area felt dingy and it had a damp smell. We were the only one in the restaurant at 7pm on a Saturday. The place is decorated with unimpressive student art work. Overally, I just wasn't really feeling their decor.
The waitress that came by with the menu didn't look like she worked there, actually, none of the people seemed like they worked there as they didn't have any sort of uniform like most other places. The menu was simple, Ramen +types of broth, +types of toppings for 50 cents each or for $1.00 each. When a second girl took our order, bf asked what was this other topping and it turns out to be a taiwanese chasiu. We asked what that was and how it was different, she just paused and said she didn't know how to explain it. Then the first girl came back to finally give us an explanation that it's chasiu with fat it in? We both just declined and just made our order. He ordered Soyu Ramen with Mushroom, and I got Soyu Ramen with chasiu, butter corn and seaweed.
Up to this point, we were just having the worst time in this restaurant feeling really uneasy. Because of this, we hoped for the worst about that ramen we ordered.
When we finally got our food, it looked good. Everything was properly placed. The taste? Well, it was good, the noodles had good consistency and the broth was right. But because it was such a bad experience being there, we really just wouldn't go back.
In the city, I think I'll just stick to Tanpopo.
3226 Geary Blvd
San Francisco 94118