» Menya Ultra «
I first heard of Menya Ultra from a friend who claimed it was the best ramen in San Diego, scratch that. The best ramen he’s EVER had. Of course, I had to check it out!
Menya Ultra made its stateside debut in San Diego, California. Ramen Master, Takashi Endo has been cooking the traditional Japanese soup for over 22 years! His prestigious recipe has won 4 awards at the largest ramen event in the world, the Tokyo Ramen show from 2010-2013 and was named the number one ramen store in the Tahoku region in Japan in 2009. Currently, Menya Ultra has 12 shops open, 9 in Japan, 2 in Taiwan and the newest in San Diego. (They are rumor to open a second location in Mira Mesa, San Diego.)
The key components of this successful and delicious establishment are homemade noodle with softly scented wheat, Tonkotsu Paitan soup and choosing the best ingredients. The noodles are made with salt and lye water. It doesn’t have any preservatives or artificial colors and is made fresh daily. Their signature soup is cooked over extremely high heat which allows the deep flavors of compressed umami to come out. Only high-quality ingredients are used in the preparation of their food. They cook as if they were cooking for their kids. No yucky food in this house.
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