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Nishiki Ramen

DoctorChow | Sep 28, 201508:24 PM

Just returned from Nishiki Ramen, thanks to a tip about the soft opening by RhonelyInsanediego that appeared here (and is followed by a very informative and interesting discussion about Ramen noodles by others):

http://www.chowhound.com/post/san-die...

This was about the softest soft opening I’ve been to, and one of the best managed. I got there around 6:15, but they weren’t ready to open until about 6:30, so there was a line along the building. Once they opened, they only let one party in at a time, so as to not overwhelm the staff and kitchen. I had to wait after opening about a half hour to get in, but was glad I did. Once inside, the service was fast, efficient, and very friendly.

The restaurant itself is medium-sized, with two long high-top communal tables, and a number of normal-height two-tops, arranged for four. Plus a "bar" facing the open kitchen.

It wasn’t too hard to decide what to order, given that the menu consisted of exactly one item, “Nishiki Ramen”, and two optional toppings. They were out of soft boiled eggs, but I ordered the other topping, “Volcano Sauce" and the server suggested it could come on the side.

I’m not as well versed in ramen noodles as some others here, but I thought these were very good. They were small, with good texture and flavor and a nice chew. The broth was velvety-smooth, almost creamy, and quite tasty. The pork was excellent, and there were a few vegetable garnishes that added to both the bowl’s appeal and flavor.

After a short while, I tasted the house-made “Volcano Sauce” (a thick paste) and then added it to the bowl. This is described as a “fruit and garlic based spicy miso sauce”. I thought it had a nutty background flavor, too. It was absolutely delicious. It added some heat, but definitely won’t overwhelm those who don’t frequently eat spicy things. Highly recommended.

This is a restaurant that’s certainly worth trying if you like ramen. Based on a conversation overheard, I think they plan to offer different things during the remainder of the soft opening this week.

Nishiki Ramen
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