4/24/2013 12:00:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Tonkotsu Ramen at Waraku

Looking for a bite to eat before a movie at the Kabuki Theater or The Warfield can be challenge. Hot spots like State Bird Provisions, SPQR and Pizzeria Delfina with their impossibly long waits for walk-ins provide little solace. So we were delighted to slip into Waraku, the new ramen restaurant that’s taken over the wood-lined Japantown lair that recently house Bushi-Tei, run by the owners of Shabuway chain (and before that the cutting-edge Japanese izakaya Hime in the Marina). Like everyone else, we’re always on the hunt for a giant satisfying bowl of ramen and Waraku’s two main iterations  - tonkotsu ramen and shoyu ramen didn’t disappoint. Of the two, we particularly loved the creamy rich pork-bone based broth that the kitchen simmers for over 12 hours. For less than a ten spot, it comes loaded with a smoked hard-boiled egg, two types of pork belly, bamboo shoots, kirkurage mushrooms, scallions and slightly chewy ramen noodles. It may not have been our Tampopo moment, but it definitely hits the spot (1638 Post St;, 415-292-3388)

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