Menya Ramen is the 4 time winner of the Tokyo Ramen Show. They have 9 stores in Japan and 2 in Taiwan and San Diego is where they chose to open their first Store in the U.S. You might not know it but there are many different types and styles of ramen but the foundation of all ramen is the insanely flavorful broth. Menya features Tonkotsu Ramen which is a rich, pork bone broth based ramen. They also make their own noodles in house with lye (alkaline) water and with wheat imported directly from Hokkaido. It takes a minimum of 3 days to make the ramen broth and also a minimum of 3 days to make fresh ramen noodles as they have to let the ramen noodles rest for 2 days, 1 day after the dough is mixed to let the gluten combine and make the noodles smooth, and 1 day after the noodles are cut to let them dry a bit to provide that special texture. Be prepared to wait in line for up to 90 minutes. They make everything fresh daily so they can run out of both broth and ramen so go early and go often. So far this is the best bowl of ramen I've eaten in San Diego. Now that artisan ramen is hipster there are many ramen choices available in San Diego. They also have Daiso in the same shopping center to you can also stock up on your favorite Japanese items while you wait for your seat at Menya.
Menya Ultra Ramen 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste M San Diego CA 92111