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What to Eat, Ramen and Otherwise, at Waraku, Now Open in Japantown

Waraku's tonkotsu ramen.
Waraku’s tonkotsu ramen. Photo: Facebook

The former Bushi-Tei space (1638 Post Street at Laguna) has just found new life as Waraku, a new Japanese spot from Eiichi Mochizuki and partner Koji Kikura, of Shabuway fame. Probably wisely given the recent ravenousness of this town for ramen, they’ve decided to focus on ramen, with a few sashimi and izakaya-type items thrown in.

On the opening menu there are just two sashimi options, tuna and yellowtail, as well as “gyoza with wings” (pan-fried dumplings with an extra thin and crispy wrapper layer), Japanese-style fried chicken, and a handful of other small plates. And then there are about a dozen iterations of ramen, which can be had with either tonkotsu or shoyu broth, and with different toppings, like kakuni (stewed pork), negi (scallions), and chashu (sliced, roasted pork). They’re also offering tsukemen ramen, in which the noodles are served separately from the broth, and you dip the noodles into the mix — in this case a combination of fish and pork broths.

If all of this is making you hungry, please note that they are closed tonight, and every Monday.

See it all below.

Waraku - 1638 Post Street at Laguna - 415-292-3388 - Open Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday noon to the 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 3 p.m., and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Also Open: Waraku in the old Bushi-Tei, Pizzahhh, Foundation Cafe [Scoop]
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What to Eat, Ramen and Otherwise, at Waraku, Now Open in Japantown