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Ramen Parlor in San Mateo

Ramen Parlor in San Mateo

Lobster pork ramen

Tonight we tried Ramen Parlor in San Mateo.   In addition to their ramen offerings, they have an izakaya type menu with yakitori, fried bits, and even curry rice.

We had a few tasty appetizers, including yakitori chicken breast with yuzu kosho, yakitori pork cheek, fried oysters, and spicy cucumber quick pickles.  All were quite good.

Now to the ramen. The tonkotsu broth with lobster oil was really exceptional.  It had a wonderful umami and seafood flavor.  The noodles were quite good, nice consistency/texture and flavor.   The add ons were overall good.  The black mushrooms also had a great flavor and mouthfeel.   The mizuna (mustard greens) were quite good.  The egg (an extra) was a over-cooked, but it had a good flavor.   There were a few nice pieces of nori.  The chashu had a good mouthfeel, and certainly looked nice, but after the wonderful yakitori and maybe compared to the umami of the broth, it seemed a little under flavored.  There was half a softshell crab on the top, and I was a bit skeptical of course, but it was a good addition overall.  I let it soak a bit in the broth and ate it in a few quick bites.

Overall, Ramen Parlor is a definite recommend.





3 responses to “Ramen Parlor in San Mateo

  1. lmjapan September 3, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I’ve never had lobster in ramen before…..that looks crazy good!

    • ramenandpickles December 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

      Hope you get to try it sometime, it was quite good. The “Ramen Shop” in Oakland, CA had a dungeness crab & miso ramen on the menu this weekend (presumably still selling it) if you are in that area at all.

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