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Inside Tsuta, the New Michelin-Starred Ramen Import in the Metreon

Fans are already lining up to snag one of the coveted 300 bowls currently served each day

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Ramen fans, get ready: Michelin-starred ramen from Tokyo just officially landed in San Francisco. Tsuta quietly opened at the Metreon last week, and will be hosting a grand opening on Sunday, October 20. Despite a casual location, there’s already a line out the door to get one of the 300 bowls of noodles that the restaurant currently dishes out each day.

Chef Yuki Onishi opened his original nine-seat shop in Tokyo in 2012, the first ramen restaurant in the world to snag a star in 2015. Tsuta now has locations across Asia, and SF is the first US outpost, with more to come in LA, Seattle, and Portland. It’s the latest in a wave of Japanese ramen chains hitting the Bay in the past few years, including Ippudo, Mensho, and Ramen Nagi — but Tsuta is the first with a star.

Shio soba (chasu, hosaki menma, leek, green olive and white truffle oil, $12)

Chef Onishi’s signature broth is a lighter shoyu, or soy sauce-based, style, fragrant with clam shells and dashi, totally different from the thick and creamy tonkotsu broths that are so prevalent in the Bay Area. It’s a mix of chicken, clam, and seafood broth, for triple the umami. The whole-wheat noodles the restaurant uses are made fresh daily and boiled to order, so don’t ask for a takeout container; that’s not allowed (or recommended).

Eater SF was the first to share the menu. Diners choose from three types of broth: shoyu (soy sauce based) with black truffle oil, shio (salt based) with white truffle oil, or miso with porcini mushroom oil. Side dishes include tori karaage (fried chicken), rosu cha-su (roasted pork with butter sauce), and aburi niku (torched pork shoulder). For now, the main beverage option is mugicha (barley tea), but Japanese beer and sake are coming soon.

There are 6 seats at a counter facing the kitchen

Located at 155 4th Street in the Metreon, Tsuta is sandwiched between other fast-casual options, but the modern space — trimmed in white, red, and black — seems like a restorative stop for anyone wiped out from shopping or running to catch a movie. A spacious 2,400 square feet with tall ceilings, the ramen shop has 50 seats, including six at the counter. The early word is that the line at prime time is running 10 to 15 parties deep, but moves at a reasonable clip.

A bowl of ramen with pieces of sliced pork floating at the top
Shoyu soba (chasu, hosaki menma, leek, black truffle oil, $12)
Shio soba (chasu, hosaki menma, leek, green olive and white truffle oil, $12)
Miso soba (chasu, red onion, corn, bean sprouts, hot sauce, porcini mushroom oil, $12)
The whole-wheat noodles are made fresh daily
The noodles are cooked to order
The signature shoyu broth is a lighter style
Toppings include chasu, hosaki menma (bamboo shoots), ajitama (seasoned egg), corn, hot sauce, and extra soba
The aburi niku (cubed pork shoulder) is torched to order
Roast pork at Tsuta

Clockwise from top: tori karaage (fried chicken), aburi niku (charred pork served with onion sauce), and ro-so chasu (roasted pork and butter sauce)

The exterior of the restaurant on 4th Street

The interior of the restaurant

Tsuta is open for dinner every day from 5 to 10 p.m., with last orders taken at 9:30 p.m. For now, the ramen is limited to only 300 bowls a day. But more bowls, more menu items, and lunch service are all in the works.

Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles

155 4th Street, , CA 94103 (415) 757-0092 Visit Website

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