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Seafood Ramen and BBQ Rib & Kimchee Ramen @ Ramen Club, Burlingame

Melanie Wong | Aug 17, 2005 03:11 AM

Encouraged by the uptick in performance here in the shio broth used for won ton ramen, I returned on Saturday with my brother in tow. We discovered that there's a separate menu for Saturday lunch. It's all noodles and different types than are offered during the week, plus a handful of appetizers posted on the board.

We started with the tuna poki (sic), $6.75. A bowl full of shaved onions topped with a handful of raw cubed tuna was drizzled with a spicy dressing. The onions were so mild that they mostly provided texture, moisture, and a vehicle for capturing the delicious dressing. The tuna was medium quality with some sinewy threads, but fine for this application.

The seafood ramen (lower right), $7, is available only for lunch on Saturday. Using a seafood stock and topped with ume, shiso, enoki, wakame, and a bit of cilantro, there's actually no pieces of seafood or meat in this one. I ordered the extra cha su, $1.75, and asked for the noodles to be cooked hard. The thin noodles turned out soft and then got mushy in the hot stock. The stock was light and watery with no distinct taste. The refrigerator-cold roast pork was bland and chewy. Other than the wakame, there wasn't much worth eating in this bowl.

William ordered the bbq rib and kimchee ramen, $8.95, that's a dinner or Saturday lunch item. Mushy noodles again and bland broth, but at least his toppings of sauteed veggies and the kalbi were good. The kalbi were cut thicker than what we're accustomed to at Korean bbq houses. Nicely grilled, they were still a bit pink in the center, very juicy, and seemed more marbled with flavorful fat. William left his noodles and broth behind too.

Ramen Club serves larger portions than the other ramen-ya, but skimps on flavor. If it cut the size down by 20% and managed to concentrate some taste, it might have something. It's rank stays the same based on the won ton ramen in shio stock from my last visit.

Ramen Club
723 California Dr.
Burlingame
650-347-3690
Closed Sunday and Monday

PERSONAL RAMEN RANKINGS

1. Ramen Halu, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Halu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Lunch set with okara salad and rice
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pirikara miso ramen and appetizers
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pumpkin ramen and eggplant appetizer
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ramen lunch set and Halu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen lunch set
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shio ryan men
2. Santa, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Spicy miso ramen and Roast pork tonkotsu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Napa cabbage shoyu ramen and Miso corn ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Curry shoyu ramen and Stewed pork shoyu ramen
3. Ryowa, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Fresh side pork with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Original Ryowa with special noodles
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tsukemen (ramen dipper)
4. Himawari, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Tan-tan miso men
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Asari shio ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso corn ramen and Tonkotsu deluxe ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Kanitami ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Jar jar men and Wonton ramen
5. Ryowa, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen and fried chicken special
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Original Ryowa ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton with special noodles
6. Tanto, Sunnyvale
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam shio ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Zaru ramen
7. Maru Ichi, Mountain View
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Special kuro ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Maru Ichi special ramen and Miso ramen
8.Do-Henkotsu House of Tokushima Ramen, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Niku iri ramen and Sparerib ramen
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Sparerib ramen
9. Gen Ramen, Fremont
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Takana kimchee ramen and Gen ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Pork belly shoyu ramen
10. BY Grill, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonpo pork tonkotsu ramen
11.Norikonoko, Berkeley
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen
12.Masa’s Sushi, Mountain View
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork flavor ramen special
13.Oyaji, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Tonkotsu ramen
14.Maru Ichi, Milpitas
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Basic kuro ramen
15.Tomoe, San Rafael
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
16.Ringer Hut, San Jose
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Nagasaki champon
17.Izakaya Mai, San Mateo
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Kimchee champon ramen
18.Ramen Club, Burlingame
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shio ramen and Mini super shoyu ramen
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Won ton (shio) ramen
19.Tazaki Sushi, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Moriawase ramen
20.Ramen Rama, Cupertino
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Ma bo tofu miso ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
21.Ogi-San Ramen, Cupertino
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Stewed pork tonkotsu ramen
22.Kaimuki Grill, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen lunch set
23.Tanto, San Jose
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Littleneck clam ramen
24.Okazu Ya SF (Noriega), San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Asari ramen
25.King’s Garden Ramen, Newark
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Cha su ramen and Spicy pork ramen
26.Sushi Bistro, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
27.Lakuni, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
28.Iroha, San Francisco
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Shoyu ramen and Miso ramen
29.Miraku Noodles, Walnut Creek
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Miso ramen and Pork ramen
30.Manpuku, Berkeley
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon
31.Tanpopo, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Champon chasu ramen
32.Sushi Yoshi, Newark
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Tonkotsu ramen
33.Suzu Noodle House, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
34.Oidon, San Mateo
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso chasu men
35.Sapporo-ya, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Miso ramen
36.Kamakura, Alameda
http://chowhound.com/california/board... Seafood champon and agedashi tofu
37.Tokyo Ramen, Milpitas
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Beef ramen and Tonkotsu ramen
38.Katanaya, El Cerrito
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Shoyu ramen
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39.Hotei, San Francisco
[BROKEN LINK REMOVED] Pork ramen
40.Bear’s Ramen House, Berkeley
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