Well, well, lookie here. Another post going on and on again about some kind of Asian noodle. And such a fine noodle at that – yes, I’m writing about ramen soon after writing about pho. This town, my friends, are full of ’em, and in such lovely numbers. How can I possibly deny their spotlight.
Ramen, turns out, is my girlfriend’s obsession. We often joke about what life would look like if we were to be single and there’s not a doubt in my mind her ramen consumption would rise exponentially. Because of this love, if there’s a ramen place in arm’s reach, we’ll try it. That’s taken us to the beloved Hapa Ramen, Katana-ya, Asuka, Suzu Noodle House, Namu, Ajisen, and Saiwaii. All of them have their pros – Hapa Ramen perhaps reigning above all else – but they’re a cart and tough to get to. So what’s the deal with Saiwaii? It’s delicious and open all the time.
Saiwaii Ramen sits in the thick of the Sunset – a neighborhood stewing in ramen locales. The ramen comes with standard broth choices, of which we always try the miso. Oh, and it’s so savory, dimensional, and rich. The chewy noodles arrive in a lovely mountainous pile underneath the plethora of toppings (bamboo, seaweed, green onions, spinach, corn, egg, pork belly). Often ramen places will leave almost all toppings off and require you add them as requested, which can substantially jack the price up.
The space is above average. It’s fairly clean, has more than three tables (something I’ve realized is sometimes rare), and has a TV. Side rant: WTF is it with TVs being in e v e r y kind of public-facing eating/drinking establishment? Geez.
Anyway – is Saiwaii the best ramen in the City? Gosh, that’s a tough statement to make. I don’t think so. Is it consistent, satisfying, savory and worth it to put on your list and try? Very much so. Will we be back? Without a doubt.