at Kyu Sushi, 639 Post St., Tenderloin
Phone: (415) 441-1099
San Franciscans' desire for new ramen joints is insatiable, and some Japanese restaurants are courting extra business by operating ramen pop-ups inside an existing sushi or izakaya spot. Blowfish started the trend with Iza Ramen, and now Kyu Sushi has a ramen pop-up of its own, called Fujiyoshi. Chef Nui of Kyu saw an opening for good ramen in SF, and decided to name the pop-up for the Nagano prefecture from which he hails, though the ramen component has stayed completely under the media radar since launching back in December.
Nui offers three varieties of ramen: tonkotsu, miso, and shoyu ($8.95-9.50), with a choice of mild or spicy broth and straight Kyushu-style or wavy Tokyo-style noodles. The basic bowl comes with a few thin slices of chashu pork, green onions, nori, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and a seasoned egg; additional toppings, like extra pork, are $1 a pop. The menu is rounded out with two varieties of Japanese curry (chicken and beef), as well as takoyaki, gyoza, and kimuchi (the Japanese version of kimchi). On the drinks side, expect the standard hot sake and Sapporo. The pop-up is open daily from 11:30 am-11 pm, and be sure to hit the ATM before dropping in: it's cash only.
Here's a shot of the ramen:
Amy Sherman contributed reporting to this story.
[Kyu photo: Richard C./Yelp; Ramen photo: Amy Sherman]