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Ramen Parlor
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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
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 – 9:00 pmWednesday 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 pm
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Unpretentious Japanese noodle house provides a simple menu of ramen bowls with all of the fixings.- Google
"Lobster Garlic Pork Ramen with Soft Shell Crab!"
"Sounds simple, but it takes 20 hours to get that rich creamy broth."
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Sherry Li
3 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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Tamara Farhat
5 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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Denise McLinden
a week ago
Best Ramen ever! Worth the very long wait, but staff is also efficient in keeping the line moving by taking orders in line!
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Aprille Espinueva
9 months ago
I went here only after I was tired of waiting in line at Ramen Dojo, but this place is great as well! They are known for their lobster based ramen. Quality is the same and it has more space and parking. Would come back here again.
Scott Kunimura
3 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!
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Stefanie Jacinto Deo
5 months ago
Excellent ramen! My family and I tried this place when we found out it has the same owner as Ramen Dojo down the street. We are big fans of Ramen Dojo but the wait is just too long sometimes. We found that Ramen Parlor has the same level of quality, at least for the garlic pork broth. The only difference is the kind of mix-ins they have. For example, Ramen Dojo includes whole garlic cloves, and Ramen Parlor doesn't. Even if you order extra garlic, it's going to be roasted bits of garlic, not whole cloves. This place has a parking lot and lots more seating than Ramen Dojo. Highly recommend trying this place if you're stuck waiting in the cold for a table at Ramen Dojo.
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Denise Dang
7 months ago
The Garlic Lobster broth was delicious, though on the saltier side. I definitely drank a lot of water after, but the saltiness was worth it to have the delicious ramen! There is a parking lot with free parking around the restaurant. Expect a wait, though not as long as Ramen Dojo around the corner.
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Mike Lee
10 months ago
While the garlic pork broth of Ramen Dojo is fantastic, Ramen Parlor (who is owned by the same person) has a different menu that is just as savory and delicious. And as an added bonus, it doesn't have the same insane line as Dojo - though the lines have been increasing lately. Parlor is known for its lobster ramen, which is a true treat. If it's your first time here, give it a try. I haven't seen any other ramen shop that offers this.