RakiRaki Ramen – San Diego (Convoy Area)
Their name is certainly intriguing! Rakiraki Ramen is tucked into the heart of the Convoy area and surrounded by numerous other Asian restaurants.
There weren’t a lot of people when we got there, but the place filled out by the time we left. There are tables and a bar area that face the kitchen.
The first thing we tried was the Chicken Karage. The portion size was decent and the chicken was crispy and hot. I would definitely get it again.
We also tried out the softshell crab roll. The presentation was nice, but both Darren and I found the flavor lacking.
I ordered up the spicy tsukeman (dipping noodles) with pork belly. It was quite tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve never had this type of ramen before. I guess for the uninitiated it could be called a deconstructed ramen. My only criticism is that the broth could have been hotter. Once you dip the noodles into the broth, the temperature starts dropping. So, it would have been perfect if it started out super hot. The broth wasn’t too spicy and the pork belly added a nice meat element to the dish. The noodles where well cooked and you can use some lime to squeeze on top to give it a refreshing pop. I’d definitely recommend this one.
The service was pretty good and their special filtered water was a nice compliment to our lunch.
Just adjacent to the kitchen is a snow angel stand with frozen treats like mochi ice cream, frozen carmelized brulee, and snow made with soy. I didn’t have room to try it out this time, but maybe next time.
San Diego, CA 92111