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Itani Ramen To Tease Us With Pop-Up Dinner Series Pre-April Opening

The ramen shop is slowly revealing itself

Itani Ramen

As is the case with most restaurant openings, Itani Ramen’s opening day has been pushed back from what was originally intended. But, the highly-anticipated Oakland ramen shop from chef/owner Kyle Itani (Hopscotch) has just passed all of its inspections and is one step closer to opening to the public in mid-April. While Itani is hiring staff and finalizing the space, he’ll be holding a series of pop-up dinners to preview his Tokyo-style noodle soup.

Starting March 19, a limited menu (in full below) of ramen, gyoza and salad by Itani and chef Brian Ikenoyama (who oversees daily culinary operaitons) will offer a glimpse into what the full-steam Itani Ramen will be like. Each weekend of pop-ups will have a new style of ramen, the first being shoyu with chashu pork and vegetarian miso. Drink options are sake, shochu, draft Ashai beer and soda.

The pop-up dinners will run from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. on March 19-20 and 25-27, April 1-3 and 8-10, leading up to the opening. As they get closer to opening day, they may expand the pop-up hours and days.

Itani Ramen Pop-Up Menu: March 19 – 20

Shoyu Ramen (Chashu pork, bamboo shoots, green onion; $14)

Vegetarian Miso Ramen (Bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onion; $14)

Gyoza (Pork, cabbage, white pepper; $7.50 for five pieces)

Little Gem Salad (Cabbage, daikon, sesame miso dressing; $6)

Pickles (Daikon, cucumbers, cabbage; $5)

Itani Ramen

1736 Telegraph Avenue, , CA 94612 (510) 788-7489 Visit Website