Kagura Ramen Izakaya
279 Baldwin Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
Why did we dine here? – Kagura Ramen Izakaya is the sister restaurant to San Francisco’s Waraku on Post St. This Japanese restaurant joins a ton of others on virtually every block of downtown San Mateo. They focus on ramen for lunch and dinner along with a variety of small plates for dinner only.
Insider Tip – This is a small restaurant, so reservations are a must.
Cuisine – Japanese Izakaya
Location – Downtown San Mateo
Opened – 2013
Service – Kagura Ramen Izakaya had reasonable service for such a small restaurant. The servers helped us select the right dish and were fairly efficient.
Verdict – Kagura Ramen Izakaya is a stylish restaurant with a nice small cozy vibe. We recommend anybody who is into this type of cuisine to give it a try.
Kagura Ramen Izakaya Signature Dishes – Ramen, skewers, Kushiage.
Kagura Ramen Izakaya’s Menu During dinner includes many standard sushi and sashimi dishes along with far more interesting Izakaya including Takoyaki, Kakuni, Gyu-tan and more. Be sure to look at the special board.
Kagura Ramen Izakaya Food Picks:
Sake Side Dishes ($3 each) Cooked Hijiki Seaweed, Taro Stew were interesting small dishes displayed right next to the cooking station. Some nice small starters with earthy and starchy flavors.
Hamachi (yellowtail) ($9) was fresh and cut just right.
Plum shiso Herb Radish Salad with Sesame Ponzu ($7) was an unusual salad with pretty bland radish that needed a lot of ponzu action.
Kobe beef Gyu-tataki (yuzu & peppers flavor) ($8) was nicely done with high quality beef cooked to a medium rare.
Gyu-tan (Beef tongue) ($2.25 each) was another highly recommended beef dish that most people should not worry about. No strange texture here.
Tonkotsu Ramen ($9.00) Egg, Green Onions, Bamboo Shoots, Chashu, Kikurage Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts was a decent ramen with a strong broth. We prefer Santa Ramen instead but this is just fine.
Special Tonkotsu Dipping Noodles ($9.95) Chopped Chashu, Green Onions, Bean Sprouts, Kikurage Mushroom, Seaweed, Bamboo Shoots, Karashi Takana was a beautiful looking platter of noodles. Great for cold soba fans.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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