Nishiki Ramen is a newly-opened ramen restaurant located in the Mitsuwa plaza. Originally from Japan, Nishiki boasts of fresh noodles, made in-house daily. They’ve opened for a few weeks now, but only the past week has it been cool enough outside that S would agree to eat ramen.
We were initially concerned about a long wait, but turns out we didn’t have wait at all for our weeknight dinner.
The place was cozy, but nice and bright, with a couple of long communal tables in the middle, several smaller tables, and a few seats at the ramen bar where you can watch the staff at work.
We had an order the takoyaki (octopus fritters), which I really enjoyed. It’s not quite as good as my current favorite, the takoyaki from Yokohama Yakitori Koubou. Here, the batter-to-octopus ratio is a bit high, which I actually don’t mind. It’s drizzled with takoyaki sauce, mayo, seaweed flakes, and a generous topping of bonito flakes which is a plus in my book.
I decided to go with the restaurant’s namesake, Nishiki Ramen. Here, the broth is a mix of chicken and tonkotsu soup, and topped with Berkshire pork chashu and a mix of okra, baby corn, grape tomato, marinated sliced onions, green onions, and red pepper threads.
The ramen noodles here do indeed live up to the hype – they had a nice “pull” and bounce, characteristic of fresh-made noodles. The broth was also excellent – I liked that it rich but not overly heavy, and it was just the right amount of saltiness for my liking. The toppings were nice and balanced, and I especially enjoyed the fatty and tender chashu – probably the best chashu I’ve had in a while.
I added a soft-boiled egg to my bowl for a $2 surcharge. The yolk was just slightly runny – I prefer just a tad more firm yolk but if you enjoy the soft yolk, then this would be perfect.
S chose the Pork Black Ramen, made with the original Nishiki Ramen broth plus black garlic sauce (kotteri ramen). The black garlic sauce made the broth even more rich and savory. Even though I only had a sip, I really enjoyed this broth as well.
(By the way, I had heard that they have two types of noodles – a thick and a thin type – so I tried to request the thicker noodles for my bowl. However, the waiter told me that they only have one type… so perhaps they did away with offering both types of noodles.)
Overall, we had quite a delicious meal at Nishiki Ramen and agreed that this is probably our new favorite ramen joint (especially since our past couple of visits to Yamadaya weren’t so positive). I really enjoyed every aspect of the ramen here – broth, noodles, chashu, vegetables – and would definitely return when my next ramen craving hits.
8055 Armour St Suite 201A, San Diego CA 92111