Inexpensive yet filling, flavorful and versatile, there is little mystery as to why ramen restaurants continue to pop up and flourish in the Irvine area. With ramen spots now dotting the map all over Irvine, these are some of the most worthwhile eateries in town.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
As the scads of Irvine residents who are fans of this spot already know, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Walnut hits that sweet spot of authenticity, affordability, and just plain deliciousness. As the name suggests, ramen is the specialty here, and it is available in salt, soybean, or soy sauce varieties, with a pork option for diners who are especially hungry. Each of the ramen options at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, conveniently located on Culver Drive just off of I-5, have their share of devotees.
Centrally situated on Alton Parkway, Ajisen Ramen has much more going for it than just its location. Yes, the menu has a huge variety of ramen with multiple seafood, pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian options as well as unique specialties such as the volcano ramen. However, even those in the dining party who aren’t ramen enthusiasts can find something on the extensive menu offering a choice of salads, fried tofu, dumplings, and even curry dishes. The drink menu is similarly impressive with a host of iced teas, coffees, and imported Japanese beverages.
17 Cafe Ramen
Similar to Ajisen Ramen, 17 Cafe Ramen is centrally located with a menu that is large and diverse both within and outside the realm of ramen. The ramen choices run the usual gamut, and the menu really shines with an unusually extensive array of Japanese and Taiwanese favorites, making this Irvine eatery ideal for repeat dining.
Yushoken Izakaya and Ramen
Located at University Center in University Town Center, Yushoken Izakaya and Ramen is appropriately affordable. The selection of hearty ramen dishes are sure to satisfy, but the choice of sushi rolls offers a welcome alternative, or addition, to a ramen meal. Combo meals give patrons the option to add a sushi roll or a rice bowl and salad to their ramen.
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