I discovered Ramenwell when I was searching Bib Gourmand (Michelin recommended) restaurants in San Francisco. I was shocked to learn that there was a ramen spot on the way home from the climbing gym that I hadn’t heard of that held this esteemed recommendation–so I had to check it out.
Taking the home of another ramen shop, Ramenwell aims to offer its ramen in a brighter and more casual space, and with a much simpler menu. The price here is undeniably affordable compared to anything else in San Francisco. Averaging $13 a bowl (which is a huge portion), even a burrito costs more these days.
Taking the old adage the proof is in the pudding, we can apply a slight twist when assessing a bowl of ramen: the proof is in the broth. Ramenwell takes pride in its broth and offers great options for both vegetarians, vegan, and meat lovers alike. For non meat eaters, I’d recommend ordering the vegetarian or vegan ramen (the only difference between the two is if the egg and egg noodles). The mushroom broth has a rich umami flavor because they literally add over 4 varietals of mushroom to the soup!
Chef and owner Harold Jurado knows that his place is going to evolve, but hopes the broth is the glue that carries the eatery through design and menu changes. When we arrived at 9PM, a painter stood on a ladder outside the restaurant painting Ramenwell onto the building with their whale in a ramen bowl emblem. The Thai iced tea soft serve on the menu was listed as “coming soon” because the consistency was not quite right yet. The ramen is very good, but the space and menu definitely feel like a work in progress.