Japanese chain Ramen Nagi has opened its second stateside location — and second in the Bay Area after Palo Alto — inside Westfield Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara. Ramen Nagi is known for its highly customizable bowls and vibrant, fusion broths.
After training at several Hakata-style ramen shops, chef Satoshi Ikuta started Ramen Nagi as a pop-up in 2004. In 2013, he won a Ramen of the Year award in Tokyo, and now there are 35 branches across Asia.
Each location of Ramen Nagi is slightly different but the new restaurant features a similar contemporary Japanese aesthetic with red, black, and pale wood, as well as classic, pork-based tonkotsu soup. Diners can choose from the basic, black squid ink, spicy red, or green-tinged basil versions, and there’s also a vegetarian option limited to 20 bowls per day. Then, you can either trust the chef or fully customize your bowl, choosing the strength of flavor, richness of oil, amount of garlic, pork style (sliced loin or belly), vegetable toppings, spice level, and, finally, the thickness and firmness of the noodles. See the full checklist below.
Ramen Nagi is open at 2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard in Santa Clara, adjacent to Macy’s Men’s and Home, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily.