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Monday, August 13, 2012

Japanese Import Men Oh Opens Second U.S. Location in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

click to enlarge Tokushima ramen comes with a pasteurized raw egg. - DOUGLAS ZIMMERMAN
  • Douglas Zimmerman
  • Tokushima ramen comes with a pasteurized raw egg.

Men Oh Tokushima Ramen has been softly open since July 20 and had an official grand opening the weekend before last. It's the second American location of a Japanese-based ramen restaurant; the first thrives in Union City in the East Bay.

The current menu is focused around two styles of ramen ($7.95-8.95): tonkatsu and Tokushima, named after the town in Japan where the chain is based. Both are pork bone-based and include pork and a mix of vegetables, but the tonkotsu is salt-based and the Tokushima is soy-based. The latter is a less common find in the Bay Area and can be served with a raw, pasteurized egg to crack into the bowl, which offers a subtle richness as the egg gently dissolves in the broth rather than cooking into clumps as in an egg drop soup. Noodles taste outstandingly fresh and have the right amount of give and chew.

Coming soon to Men Oh is a third style, the apparently energy-boosting stamina ramen, which is rare around these parts. Men Oh is also a neighbor to a new sister restaurant called Shabuway that officially opened last week (Aug. 9). Japanese shabu shabu has surprisingly had some difficulty taking hold in this neighborhood, but we hope this one will have a good shot at survival.

Men Oh 5120 Geary (at 15th Ave), 386-8802

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