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Gyoza Ramen @ Iroha, San Francisco

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Gyoza Ramen @ Iroha, San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Jan 12, 2005 10:25 PM

Iroha in SF's Japantown makes its own ramen noodles. The broths are good --- shoyu is dark brown, meaty and not overly soy-sauced, and the miso has richness and an attractive piquancy to set off the flavors. Yet, the ramen offerings don't quite come together.

The first visit, I ordered the noodles "firm", and they came out moderately soft. The next time, I asked for "extra hard" and got something a little shy of al dente that turned soft in the bowl. The roast pork was oddly sweet and sliced very thin in advance causing it to dry out and curl up around the edges. . . blech.

Yet, the gyoza-topped ramen in shoyu broth served without the offending roast pork slices was pretty good, but for the soft noodles. Loved the thoroughly singed wrappers and complex taste of the gyoza, and would come back for these alone. Also good was the kara-age (Chinese-style fried chicken) made of succulent dark meat, nicely marinated, and fried to a softly crunchy texture of crust. Though it was slammed both lunch visits, service was friendly and efficient.

I liked this place. I'll just order something besides ramen next time.

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3.&4. Ryowa, Mountain View and Berkeley
5. Himawari, San Mateo
6. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
7. Tanto, Sunnyvale
8. Gen Ramen, Fremont
9. Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
10.Tomoe, San Rafael
11.Do-Henkotsu, San Jose
12.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
13.Ramen Club, Burlingame
14.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
15.Lakuni, San Mateo
16.Iroha, San Francisco
17.Manpuku, Berkeley
18.Tanpopo, San Francisco
19.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
20.Oidon, San Mateo
21.Katanaya, El Cerrito
22.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
23.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
24.Hotei, San Francisco
25.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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