RakiRaki Ramen

1. RakiRaki Ramen


RakiRaki 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.This place is famous. They won San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurant of 2017.

Rakiraki Ramen may be the most famous ramen restaurant in San Diego.
 

With its original location in the heart of Kearny Mesa, the epicenter of San Diego’s thriving Asian food scene, the lines out the door are worth the wait for Chef/owner, Junya Watanabe’s signature ramen recipes that blend the art of traditional ramen making with the highest quality ingredients available and a modern atmosphere. It’s called “best ramen.” And the name fits. You’ll find ramen places in Los Angeles but this is San Diego’s ramen scene. And it’s delicious! They have great tasting food. They have tonkotsu ramen, salad, hot dishes, ramen with different kinds of broth, and more. There’s fried chicken and othe Japanese dishes. Tonkotsu ramen is a popular style of ramen from Southern Japan and you’l find it hear. You’ll also find different Japanese fried chicken or “kara age.” These are small pieces of juicy yet lightly crunchy fried chicken with Japanese flavors.

2. Menu

SALADS

RAMEN

RAMEN BURGERS

RICE BOWLS

CURRY

SUSHI

 

3. Locations

They run three places. Convoy, Little Italy and Liberty Public Market.

Convoy

Little Italy Location

Liberty Public Market

 

4. More places to learn more.

Here is their website.
Here is their Facebook page.
Here is their Instagram page.
Here is where you can order online and get a delivery.
Here is their Yelp page.

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

Chef Junya Watanabe is the owner and executive chef of Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen in San Diego, California. Chef Watanabe came to the United States as a teen and pursued his education at UCLA where he received a Master’s degree in Economics. Watanabe always held a keen interest in the culinary arts and had frequent cravings for ramen. After noticing that this staple Japanese dish could become a popular trend in the states, Watanabe broke into the culinary world to pursue his passion for ramen and Japanese cuisine.

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The original location on Convoy Street features an open kitchen concept, allowing guests to view the action. Mixed architectural details such as reclaimed wood, contemporary zinc-countertops, and oversized Japanese lanterns set the tone for a dining experience rooted in tradition, but with a modern vibe. Guests can sip sake or a cold beer while watching all the excitement as chefs prepare each bowl of ramen “aburi” style, carefully adding fresh toppings flame-blistered to perfection.

Spending over six years dedicated to learning the basics of cooking, Watanabe established himself as a devoted student in the culinary arts. He flew back to Japan and spent several months shadowing three of Japan’s most notable ramen chefs, learning about the importance of fresh ingredients and how to fuse them together to make a distinct bowl of ramen. Since then, Watanabe has added his own signature touch to original ramen recipes along with other Japanese style foods such as curry and tsukemen. After years of apprenticeship, Watanabe brought his vision into fruition as Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen opened in October 2012.

After announcing expansion plans and searching all year for another location, Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen has selected a new spot for their second San Diego restaurant.The popular ramen house, whose first eatery opened in Kearny Mesa in October 2012, is also one of the anchor tenants in the mixed-use Olea Apartments building at the north end of Little Italy.