Nishiki Ramen

1. Nishiki Ramen

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Nishiki Ramen serves a wide variety of ramen dishes and authentic Japanese cuisine including tsukemen (dipping noodles), charcoal-fired yakitori, curry, ramen burgers, and specialty sushi rolls along with local craft beer and sake selections.

Nishiki Ramen is one of San Diego’s well known ramen places.
 

Nishiki Ramen
Nishiki Ramen 4.0 star rating 1086 reviews
Audrey C.'s Review Audrey C.
5.0 star rating

The first thing that caught my eye on the menu was the Russian Roulette Takoyaki - what a fun concept! You get 8 takoyaki pieces that all look the same, but...

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Katherine H.'s Review Katherine H.
3.0 star rating

This placed showed up on a FB ad for us, so we decided to give it a try. Afterall, there's so many ramen places in SD, gotta sample them all! This place...

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Allison L.'s Review Allison L.
5.0 star rating

I was hesitant to try this place for some reason, I don't even know why, but I'm glad I stopped by!
This place is sooooo good! I got the usual Tonkatsu...

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2. Menu

SALADS

RAMEN

RAMEN BURGERS

RICE BOWLS

CURRY

SUSHI

 

3. Locations

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5. Hours

They keep good hours. They open at 11:00 AM and close after midnight. So you’ll get the chance for lunch, early and late dinner. What more could you want?

Mon 11:00 am – 12:30 am
Tue 11:00 am – 12:30 am
Wed 11:00 am – 12:30 am
Thu 11:00 am – 12:30 am
Fri 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sat 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun 11:00 am – 12:30 am

6. Background

The tonkotsu style dominates San Diego’s ramen scene. That milky-white, meaty broth made from slowly boiled pork bones is certainly a powerhouse. But there’s more to ramen than this one classic, Japanese style. The opening of the first American outpost of Tokyo-based Nishiki Ramen (8055 Armour St., Suite 201A) in the Convoy District gives us a rare chance to explore the edges of ramen world.

But the star of the bowl, indeed, the star of all Nishiki’s bowls, is the noodles. Nishiki makes the organic whole-wheat alkaline noodles daily in-house. The noodles—thinner for the miso ramen than the others—are firm and chewy, almost bouncy in texture. As you slurp through your bowl the noodle in the broth subtly thickens the soup.

A favorite ramen at Nishiki is the miso ramen. It proves that non-tonkotsu ramen has a lot to offer. The dish is gorgeous. There’s a single spear of brilliant green asparagus shooting across the bowl, contrasting with the red of chili threads and a grape tomato and the white of the impossibly thinly sliced onion. The broth is more elegant than powerhouse, light with a pleasant saltiness. The dish pleased the palate and pleased the eye.

The signature “Nishiki Ramen” broth is Nishiki’s tonkotsu. Like the miso ramen, it was an attractive dish. The garnishes of baby corn, okra and grape tomato popped visually and gave the presentation drama.

If those menu additions are at the del sol level that’s not a good thing. If they’re more like the other bowls that’s better. And it will further show San Diego the ramen world goes far beyond tonkotsu.