San Diego, CA: Menya Ultra ramen

Menya Ultra ramen is an award winning ramen place in Japan.  In February 2017, they opened up a store in the outskirts of San Diego and was an instant hit.  I have been following them on Instagram since their opening, and finally decided to drive down to try this popular restaurant.

On the weekend of Comic-con, Karen and I made the trek down to Mira Mesa, hoping the wait time wouldn’t be too long.  We were quite lucky.  Normally their lines can be as long as 2 hours, but on this particular Friday night, the wait time said it was 45 minutes.

For first timers, it is important to find the sign in pad, and key in your name and mobile number.  That is how you queue, and that’s how they notify you that your table is ready.  Nearby, on the other side of the parking lot, we killed some time at the Daiso store.

About 40 minutes later, we get a text to come on back, as our table was opening up.  We were seated at the counter, and was given a menu and an order sheet to check off what we wanted to eat.

We ordered the chicken karaage as an appetizer, and we both had the Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen, but Karen opted no onions. The fried chicken was amazing… I would order that as a meal by itself.  I really enjoyed both the ramen and the pork, but Karen wasn’t too keen on the pork, saying she had some gristle or skin.

Was it worth the 1 1/2 hour drive?? I say yes, and can’t wait to drive back to have some more.

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