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Saiwaii Ramen [San Francisco]

L C | Aug 15, 2010 10:52 PM

Yes, it's open now.
Ramen (miso, shio, shoyu, tonkotsu) for $7.95, price includes chasu (it's homemade, pretty good), menma, nori, kikurage mushrooms and green onions. Surprisingly a boiled egg is NOT included. Add half boiled egg, corn, spinach, butter, kikurage mushrooms, and negi (spring onions) for $1 each - PRICEY!!. Extra chasu for $2, add pork belly for $3 more.

Other menu items: 6 donburi, 10 appetizers (edamame, gyoza, karaage, tempura, etc.), 6 salads, and 8 Americanized sushi (California roll, dragon roll, spider roll, etc.). All the dinnerware looks elegant.

The chicken karaage was pretty good. California roll and tempura also nice. On the other hand the ramen was just okay, not bad. The Tonkotsu broth was non greasy and weak on flavor, a bit similar to Himawari's tonkotsu. Not as good as Santa Ramen or Izakaya Sozai. The noodles are exactly like supermarket fresh (not dried) ramen noodles. The person next to me said that the miso broth was also somewhat weak. I hope that the shio and shoyu versions are better.

The place inside is very nice and clean. Servers were swamped with orders, most everyone had to wait 30 minutes or more for their food. All the food I saw and sampled was well prepared. The fried food was excellent. I wasn't expecting much so for me it was an enjoyable meal. The other people waiting a long time might not say the same thing.

Hours: daily 11am-3pm and 5-10pm (Fri-Sat 5-11pm).

202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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Saiwaii Ramen
2240 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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