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Ramen Parlor
Today 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
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901 S B St San Mateo, CA 94401
901 South B StreetUSCaliforniaSan Mateo94401
(650) 344-9728
$$RestaurantToday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PMThursday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PMFriday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PMSaturday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PMSunday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PMMonday ClosedTuesday 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
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Unpretentious Japanese noodle house provides a simple menu of ramen bowls with all of the fixings.- Google
"The lobster garlic pork flavor broth is great."
"Had the tonkatsu pork flavored ramen and a side soft shell crab."
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Tim Yocum
a week ago
Yum! The pork is fantastic: order an "extra" of that. Noodles are tasty, broth is delightfully spicy at the "asian spicy" level but won't leave your taste buds behind. Lunch rush can get pretty intense, but they quickly turn tables by taking orders before you're even seated so you don't have to wait long for your food. Intensely attentive staff and nice interior. Yay!!
Alton Yu
a week ago
great stuff ... i come here whenever Ramen Dojo is totally packed (all the time). I don't venture far beyond the classic anymore - why mess up a good thing? I had the lobster flavored on when I first went and didn't enjoy it much; had the tan tan mein another time and it was too spicy for me.
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Al Wang
in the last week
Tastes GREAT. Portion is on the smaller side. Has their own parking which is great.
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Tamara Farhat
9 months ago
Finally a place that convinced that Ramen can be great. After a few sad attempts to eat a good Ramen between the Silicon Valley and even in San Fransisco, Ramen Parlor has changed my view on Ramen. Came here at around 1:15 and waited in line. Even though there was around 12 people other than us waiting, the wait was very short! The place is small so it doesn't seat a big number of people. The interior is interesting, almost like a cabin. R had the Crab meat Ramen and I had the garlic lobster pork Ramen. Both were really I mean really good, topped with fried soft shell crab and with delicious bbq pork slices. Even though we though both were really good, our favorite was by far the garlic lobster pork ramen. It's super good and extremely rich in flavor. The broth didn't taste at all like seafood, it just tasted great but The noodles are one of the best I have ever tasted. And comes with two quail eggs, I personally prefer just a normal egg though. By far the best Ramen in the area!
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Jason Tsai
a week ago
TIP: ALWAYS GET HERE AT OPENING to avoid the lines. Lines begin before, but you'll want to be in the first round or second round served. There are plenty of seats in here, but no individual ramen bar so can't just grab some by yourself easily. turnover is about 45min-1hr if it's busy. Someone came at 11:40 and still grabbed an empty table. I came for the first time at 11:20am on a Sunday. I ahve to say the ramen craze in norcal is not as ridiculous as socal or new york. So taste is often in sync with wait time. I got the lobster garlic pork ramen with extra soft shell crab. their regular one is okay. Their noodle texture tastes pretty good, but a good store-bought one. I always use Santouka as a golden standard because they're a nationwide chain, but very reliably good. and the noodles just aren't as good. Soft shell crab was delicious. But the best part of this meal was the soup. The regular ramen flavor my gf got was decent. But the lobster really makes it different. The texture of the soup was not as rich as some of the top rated ramen places. But I'm also a huge fan of lobster bisque, so I do love that crustacean flavoring in this. I got it mild spicy. I always get things mild though, just with a baby tiny kick. It was GREAT. It also rained earlier so it def hit the spot. I can't say that this is as good of quality as Ippudo, daikokuya, or even Santoku when comparing quality of the whole bowl. But it def is the best alternative to the normal tonkatsu vs shoyu, miso, etc. I think every ramen restaurant should have this.
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Cindy Toh
3 months ago
Ultra yummy ramen!! Great value for yummy food. It's a little further out from San Mateo Downtown than we had imagined. Looks a lot closer on the map but ended up walking quite a bit to reach their shop. We almost wanted to give up and go for Ramen Dojo which was just one/two street before reaching Ramen Palour. Super glad we persisted! They have their own parking lot so that's convenient for drivers. We wrote our names on the clipboard hanging by the door. In less than 5 mins of waiting we were promptly seated, guess it's always easier for two vs groups. We ordered two classic ramen at $10.75 each, one Garlic Pork Flavor (mild spicy) and the other Pork Flavor (spicy) each. The ramen was served shortly after we were seated. The tasty of the soup was so good. We were debating on whether the broth was so good or did they add MSG. We asked the server who verified they added MSG. We believe the amazing taste came from both the thoroughly flavored broth as well as MSG. Minus a star for the MSG bit, I suspect it would taste brilliant still without the MSG. Perhaps try that Ramen Palor? The pork was so tender! It was cooked at a perfect level that it's so full of flavor, tender and juicy. One of the best pork I ever tasted! So so good. The noodles were really yummy too, likewise the other ingredients in the soup. We would have slurped up the entire bowl of soup if not for the MSG effect (thirst). It's a little away from downtown but they are definitely not short of crowd. Speedy service, fantastic yummy food. We will definitely be back!
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Sherry Li
7 months ago
Doors opened promptly at 5:30pm. There was no line forming prior to opening (like at Ramen Dojo or Santa Ramen) but when immediately after the doors opened, people crowded around the door to get in. There was no good system for people sitting down - just seemed like you can sit wherever you want. I feel like there could be some flow optimization here. Anyway, the food. I ordered the takoyaki (was really craving some after seeing so much of it at the cherry blossom festival) and the garlic lobster pork ramen, no additional toppings. The takoyaki looked mediocre but tasted better than it looked. I'll explain. Normally, takoyaki come with requisite sauce, mayo, bonito flakes, and aonori. Ramen Parlor serves takoyaki with a lot of sauce, some mayo, and aonori. Where's the bonito flakes?? The best part about eating takoyaki, other than eating it, is seeing the bonito flakes dance in the steam. Bummer. There was also too much sauce. Otherwise, they were gooey (the way I like it), with a good sized piece of octopus inside. A little on the expensive side (3 for $4), but might be a good appetizer while waiting for your ramen. The ramen was polarizing. On one hand, it's awesome that there's a quarter of a deep fried soft shell crab -- nice touch. But I thought the spinach was a bit weird. It's like how Ramen Dojo adds a leaf of romaine lettuce in its ramen. What gives? Other default toppings are two quail eggs, kikurage mushrooms, two pieces of nori, and two thin slices of chashu. With the name being *garlic* *lobster* pork ramen, I didn't think there was a lot of garlic or lobster flavor. The broth was tasty, but wasn't as rich as I thought a pork ramen should be. On top of that (like literally), there was a thick layer of oil. Not grease, per se, but oil. Not sure if that's intentional or if the broth is just that oily. It was more oil than any other ramen I've had, even Kintaro in Vancouver on the heaviest grease setting. The pork was somewhat lackluster too. It was pretty fatty, not a problem, but the thinness of the slice bothered me. The best part about biting into a piece of well cooked chashu is the texture. By slicing it so thin, that opportunity is completely lost. Bonus points for having a private lot, though I imagine it gets pretty packed after opening. Street parking is easy an ample just down the block though.
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Scott Kunimura
7 months ago
Best ramen around. Every time I've gone there as been a line but it's so worth the wait. Service is excellent and everyone is enjoying the food!