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Ken Ken Ramen
Ramen Restaurant$$
Today 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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3378 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110
3378 18th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
$$Ramen Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Ramen Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Today 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 3:30 pm, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
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Japanese ramen noodles with classic, miso & other broths plus a Sunday brunch draw a hip crowd.- Google
"That soft boiled egg was supposed to be the redeeming part of the whole meal!"
"Cute ramen shop tucked in the side streets of San Francisco."
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Tamara Farhat
a month ago
Cute ramen shop tucked in the side streets of San Francisco. You can easily miss it if while passing by. Staff was very friendly, and the service was fast. The smell was absolutely delicious, so we were expected some good ramen. But it wasn't the case.The ramen here was average. I had the miso my hubby had Shoyu, both were average tasting. There was wayyy to much topings, not the good ones, I mean bean sprouts or greens. I had almost more bean sprouts than noodles! The ramen portion is on the smaller size compared to others. The both wasn't too flavorful, the pork was cold and there was no hint of bbq in it. The egg though was outstanding. Runny and delicious. Other than that just another hot bowl of ramen.
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Elliot Schwartz
2 months ago
Maybe I'm just not a Ramen fan, but I found the taste of the Tonkotsu broth (served Tuesdays and Wednesdays) too marrowey. The slices of pork in the soup were delicious, the mushrooms were OK but I would have preferred a larger, more juicy variety, and the slow-cooked egg was just odd. The Karage (fried chicken) was decent & felt home-made, but also a bit dry and tough. The seaweed salad was quite good, as was the fried tofu. The atmosphere is nice and cozy, with the lights being pleasantly dim & the music loud enough to mask noise from other tables. The bathroom decorations were a lot of fun, but the lack of a changing table means it's not a good place for young families.
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Huong Nguyen
11 months ago
Beautiful decor. A bit too dark for my taste. the bathroom is almost pitch black but it's a jungle theme. I'd say one more light bulb wouldn't hurt. The ramen is ok. nothing to rave about. but the egg is so yummy, super runny!!
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Gentry Brown
12 months ago
The atmosphere of this place is fun at first, but then it gets noisy and sort of smelly after a while. The wait is mostly always long, although getting a drink at the bar is fun beforehand. The ramen is delicious, and a little "lighter" than other ramen places in San Francisco.
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Walter Macalma
a month ago
The high prices here are what pay for Barbi's extravagant lifestyle. This isn't sushi where a pricing increase can be expected, almost all ingredients can be sourced here, so why the high prices. IDK. I had high hopes because I thought that since the owner lived in Japan and opened up a classic food restaurant with simply a modern design it would bring the high class glory this golden or milky broth deserves. I came here twice on two separate trips and had inconsistency in the noodles, overcooked, undercooked. The broth on my tonkatsu was warm, but the broth on my miso was scalding and nuked my egg. Shoyu was rich in flavor and saltier than about any other ramen I've ever had. What's strange is they are popular with vegetarians, but most vegetarians are also conscious of their sodium and unless you take salt tabs like me for cycling might find this incompatible with your diet, so be fair warned. Tip: Tonkatsu broth is served Wednesdays while all other are available every day. The quality of the noodles is undeniable, about as uniform in shape and texture as you'll find back in Tokyo and although it's finished in the broth it should still take on just a little flavor. If overcooked they fall apart of it the broth is too hot, the same. Undercooked they overstarch. The décor is cool, not too fancy or fusion. I do like the limited menu and trying to stay authentic, but what gets me is the fact that in some situations it's double what I pay with conversion. Parking sucks because it's in the Mission and the hours suck to sober up here, just dinnertime hours. It's not the usual hole in the wall, cheap, authentic, ethnic food you'd hope for. Kirimachi, Hisago are better imo despite having somewhat expensive ramen as well.
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Aditi Jain
10 months ago
My quest for the best vegetarian ramen is over, and I found it at Ken Ken Ramen. They have the best vegetable toppings that I've seen in ramen -- especially the tempura butternut squash / sweet potato. It was hard for me to tell exactly what it was since I was wolfing everything down pretty quickly.
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Ellen Warner
8 months ago
Aw, such a great place! Delicious food. Chill ambiance. Friendly people.
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Kerwell Liao
a year ago
Ken Ken is a small, cozy ramen spot. It tends to get loud because it's popular, and the interior feels like a lounge: dark and somewhat trendy. The ramen was good and I would have it again if the wait were shorter, but it's not worth waiting for 45 minutes - an hour for it. I went on Tonkatsu night as everyone suggests, but it wasn't as flavorful as I was hoping for, and the noodles weren't as glutinous and chewy as I've had elsewhere.