last weekend we were watching one of those shows on the cooking channel, ‘the best thing i ever ate.’ you know the one? they had a segment that featured a ramen shop in san fran and it dawned on us that we hadn’t tried the ramen shop that was right up the street from us. hence, our date night led us to ramen yebisu on n. 6th.
we went early since we had tickets to an 8pm movie. it was pretty quiet when we got there but the servers were very friendly and attentive. we started with a pork bun and fried dumpling appetizer. the pork bun may have been my favorite part of the meal. it was so tender it just fell apart when you cut into it. and the steamed pork buns made the perfect little pillow for the delicious meat. the dumplings were also very good, they were steamed then seared to a crispy finish on both sides and came with delicate garnishes for the top.
i think the last time we had ramen was probably five or six years ago. when we lived in the city and wanted to save a few bucks, we’d go to the local asian market, pick up a $.99 pack of noodles and some frozen dumplings and have ourselves a pretty delicious $5 meal. needless to say, we’re not connoisseurs when it comes to ramen. there were about six different types of ramen on yebisu’s menu. being the rookies that we are, we just went with the ‘miso.’ the miso is a soybean based soup ramen with ground pork, beansprouts, onion, garlic, ginger, bamboo shoots, scallion, sesame seeds and crispy onion. perfect for beginners! it wasn’t too salty and the ingredients were fresh, crisp and just what we were looking for.
if you’re in the mood for noodles, i’d definitely check out yebisu. it’s not too expensive, an open kitchen is always fun to dine next to and the simple menu is great for those who are just beginning to explore this type cuisine. enjoy~