Ramen Izakaya Goku

Ever since ramen joined the list of food crazes in San Francisco, ramen restaurants started popping up in every neighborhood in SF. Consequently, it has become seemingly impossible to grab a dinnertime seat at a ramen shop without a long wait to precede eating. Fortunately, my new favorite ramen shop in SF, which I also believe has the best vegan ramen, can usually escort diners directly to a seat in their cozy restaurant.

Homemade hot broth, perfectly soft-boiled eggs, and a lot of vegetarian toppings make this place a winner. I recommend coming here solely for the ramen, however, as the izakaya style sides are unremarkable. For example, we ordered "wasabi potatoes" and got an overly-fried side of french fries with a wasabi mayo dip. I definitely will not be ordering that again. Having tried the vegan ramen once before and loving it, I opted to try the spicy, garlic clam ramen this time around. The generous portion of clams in the large, ceramic Japanese ramen bowl filled me up past the point of satiation. My dinner party and I all left the restaurant warm, full, and oblivious to the rain storm happening outside. 

Clam Garlic Ramen: clams, green onion, seaweed, lemon zest, garlic, shrimp oil, Japanese mustard, and butter

Clam Garlic Ramen: clams, green onion, seaweed, lemon zest, garlic, shrimp oil, Japanese mustard, and butter

Takoyaki: fried octopus, battered balls with Japanese mayo and bonito fish flakes

Takoyaki: fried octopus, battered balls with Japanese mayo and bonito fish flakes

Chicken Tatsuta: marinated Japanese fried chicken with mayo

Chicken Tatsuta: marinated Japanese fried chicken with mayo

Friends from Munich who are all about that ramen on a cold, wet day in San Francisco.

Friends from Munich who are all about that ramen on a cold, wet day in San Francisco.