Santa Ana: Gu Ramen

Located on the corner of 3rd and Main, this tiny little ramen place can be hard to find. They took over the old Paninoteca Mangio spot, which was next door to the now closed Little Sparrow restaurant. Parking can be a challenge, but there’s street parking and a little lot off Main.

My work is just a few blocks away, and my coworker and I stopped by on a Friday afternoon. We walked into a very dark store. Literally dark. The walls are painted black, and written in chalk. The lights were either off or on low, so you had the natural light from the street.

We sat at the table next to the window.  The menu had ramen and rice, as well as other tapas items.  I had the ChaShu (pork belly) fried rice, while my coworker had the ramen served mild, with an added egg. She also specifically asked for her noodles to be undercooked, more al dente/ hard.

Her ramen came out first, and it looked great. She slurped her noodles and gave it a thumbs up that it was cooked (or undercooked) the way she like it. She said the mild was good as well.

My fried rice came out shortly after, and, at first, I thought it wasn’t a very big bowl. It was more filling than I thought, and it was flavorful and fresh. I don’t think it was the best fried rice I’ve had, but it hit the spot, and the price point wasn’t bad.

Lunch for 2 came to just under $20, which wasn’t bad. I would get the rice again, although I may try the other tapas items they offer as well. Thumbs up! I hope that this location can stay afloat, compared to their predecessors.

Gu Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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