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Ramen Lunch @ Sushi Bistro (SF)

Melanie Wong | Nov 14, 200404:04 PM     7

Cynthia and I headed to Sushi Bistro yesterday to try the ramen for lunch. Available here in either shoyu or miso stocks, we ordered one of each.

Flecked with but a few beads of oil, the soup stocks were relatively greaseless and tasted more of a meaty base and bones than the shoyu or miso flavorings. I found the judicious hand with shoyu sauce a good thing. With a lower salt load, I drank nearly all the broth. Not cloudy, the miso stock was particularly light in taste. The crinkly fresh egg noodles were a weakpoint, turning soft too fast in the hot broth. Yet, the ramen deserves good marks for the freshness and bright flavors of the toppings –-- bright green spinach, hard-cooked egg, barely fermented bamboo shoots, freshly cut scallions, and a generous serving of four thick slices of tender but not mushy roast pork loin with a tasty rim of flavorful fat.

Sushi Bistro
www.sushibistro.net
445 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 933-7100

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKING

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
2. Santa, San Mateo
3. Tanto, San Jose (clam ramen, prior to the chef change)
4 & 5. Ryowa, Mountain View and Berkeley
6. Himawari, San Mateo
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
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.Manpuku, Berkeley
16.Tanpopo, San Francisco
17.Oidon, San Mateo
18.Katanaya, El Cerrito
19.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
20.Tokyo Ramen, Fremont
21.Hotei, San Francisco

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