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Ramen Lunch Set @ Mifune Restaurant, SF

Melanie Wong | Dec 8, 200501:53 AM

Wandering through Japantown on Thanksgiving weekend, I noticed that udon specialist, Mifune, had added ramen to its noodle offerings. It's listed on the "NEW" section of the menu as ramen with pork broth, squid, shrimp and vegetables for $7. It's also available as part of a lunch set with a choice of second dishes for $9.30 before 5pm. The plastic model of the ramen, in this case with California rolls, looked appetizing, so I decided to give it a try.

I picked the tekka don, which turned out to have quite a generous layer of not bad maguro cut thickly. It had a few sinewy bits, yet was fresh and tender. The rice was quite highly seasoned and I almost didn't need any extra soy or wasabi.

I had hoped that some of Mifune's udon skill might elevate the ramen above the pedestrian, but no such luck here. The largish shrimp in the champon style mix were quite nice, but there were only two of them and not the four shown in the plastic display. Similarly, rather than full slices of fish cake, this had only a few slivers. I liked the Chinese leeks, but the Napa cabbage and bean sprouts were soggy and didn't have any complexity from stir-frying. The pork strips were tender but had little flavor and I couldn't find the promised squid. The broth was pleasant enough with a fresh taste though little depth. Though ordered hard, the noodles were barely firm and got too soft as they sat.

This performance puts Mifune at #32 in the current rankings.


1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
4. Himawari, San Mateo
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
8. Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
10.BY Grill, San Francisco
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
12.Hana, San Jose
13.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
14.Oyaji, San Francisco
15.Niko Niko Sushi/Katanaya, San Francisco
16.Hatcho, Santa Clara
17.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
18.Tomoe, San Rafael
19.Ringer Hut, San Jose
20.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
21.Ramen Club, Burlingame
22.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
23.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
24.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
25.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
26.Tanto, San Jose
27.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
28.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
29.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
30.Mitsuwa Hokkaido festival booth, San Jose
31.Lakuni, San Mateo
32.Mifune, San Francisco
33.Iroha, San Francisco
34.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
35.Manpuku, Berkeley
36.Tanpopo, San Francisco
37.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
38.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
39.Oidon, San Mateo
40.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
41.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
42.Kamakura, Alameda
43.Mama-san!, San Francisco
44.Katana-ya Ramen, El Cerrito
45.Hotei, San Francisco
46.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley

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