When you talk to people about ramen in the Bay Area, someone always mentions Santa Ramen. Â Although this isn’t the best bowl of ramen you can get, it definitely is far from the worst.
My coworkers wanted to give this place a try since many of them are Santa virgins. Â Coming in at 11:45, we waited about 15 minutes in a line which commonly forces patrons to wait 15-45 minutes to get seated. Once you are at the front of the line, they already begin to take your orders. Â This is definitely one of the bigger ramen joints in the Bay Area. Â There are seats for about 50-60 people on tables and about 8 on the bar.
I ordered the Miso broth which includes toasted seaweed, chasiu, bean sprouts, and bamboo and added stewed pork and fried garlic. Â The broth had a good combination of Miso and rich pork flavor. It wasn’t too thick, but felt very heavy all the same time. Â The noodles were great! Â Not overcooked and mushy, but firm and silky. Â The Stewed Pork was awesome! Â Sweet and fatty, it’s something I will only eat once a year since there’s so much fat in it. Â Fried garlic was just that, fried garlic. Â I’m a huge garlic fan, so this was great. Â Altogether this bowl of ramen was good, however $13 is a bit steep. Â I’ll hold off on that Stewed Pork until next year.