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Studio Crew Reviews: Ramen Shop

 
George's generous gift. Photo by Noel.

George's generous gift. Photo by Noel.

In honor of our recent obsession with ramen, we decided to go to Ramen Shop for our fourth Studio Crew Review. Our good friend (and amazing food stylist), George Dolese, generously welcomed us to our new neighborhood by treating us to dinner. We have all been hearing about Ramen Shop from our Production Assistant, Pete, ever since we moved to Oakland. Pete estimates that he has eaten there for dinner about 10 times in the past few months. So, who better to introduce the restaurant than the restaurant's biggest fan?

 

 

PETE WILSON: RAMEN SHOP AFICIONADO

When I began my search for the best ramen in the Bay Area I never guessed how far it would take me. Naturally I began close to home. I found ramen in my Outer Richmond neighborhood, then in different areas of San Francisco. When I felt I had exhausted my nearby options, I started looking further south. San Mateo had several good ramen shops, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. In my travels, however, I had overlooked what turned out to be a very important direction: East.

I finally found what I had been searching for nestled in a quiet neighborhood in Oakland. On a nondescript store front, a small sign reads, “Ramen Shop." It's a forthright name with little prelude to the beauty which lies inside. Patrons are greeted with traditional Japanese decor, complemented by large cedar beams and warm lighting. Ramen Shop boasts an expansive full bar, with an impressive selection of spirits and cocktails. Cozied up next to the bar is the open kitchen. This well-executed arrangement allows guests seated at the counter the experience of seeing the preparation of their meal. Cooks can be seen preparing each dish with care and expertise. There is a sense of pride visible in the staff of Ramen Shop, which comes through in every aspect of the experience.

Ramen Shop has a limited selection of ramen on their menu which is revamped daily. This being said, I have never felt as if I was being sold short. There is differentiation between the broths which allows each selection a unique taste. The noodles at Ramen Shop are absolutely superb. There is a distinct texture which is like nothing I have ever tried before. Their noodles have a certain firmness to them which differentiates them from other ramen. The chef behind the counter can be seen tasting the noodles as they cook. The noodles rely on the broth for flavor, and this is something Ramen Shop has down pat. The broth at Ramen Shop allows a multitude of flavors to be packed into one bowl. You will notice, however, that the flavors do not compete with one another. Spice does not overpower savory, sweet exists alongside salty. It is this absolutely fantastic attention to detail which puts Ramen Shop lightyears ahead. If you are a fan of good food, especially if you are a fan of ramen, you are going to love Ramen Shop.

Menus and ambience. Photos by Sasha.

Menus and ambience. Photos by Sasha.

Little Gem Salad. Photo by Cody.

Little Gem Salad. Photo by Cody.

Squid and pork fried rice. Photo by Cody.

Squid and pork fried rice. Photo by Cody.

Enjoying the Pickle Plate, Squid & Pork Fried Rice, and Little Gem Salad appetizers. Photo by Cody.

Enjoying the Pickle Plate, Squid & Pork Fried Rice, and Little Gem Salad appetizers. Photo by Cody.

Sasha enjoys her Hamachi plate, and the boys trying various bowls of ramen. Photos by Dana.

Sasha enjoys her Hamachi plate, and the boys trying various bowls of ramen. Photos by Dana.

Veggie Ramen. Photo by Pamela. 

Veggie Ramen. Photo by Pamela. 

A delicious meal with good company. Photo by Dana. 

A delicious meal with good company. Photo by Dana. 

 

5812 College Ave

 Oakland, CA

94618

 

 

(510) 788-6370

 

 

THE REVIEWS

Studio Crew Reviews: Burma Superstar

The studio crew has officially started Studio Crew Reviews! Every month, we will be trying out a different restaurant in Oakland to further explore what our new city has to offer. We believe that Oakland, because of the vibrant and creative community, has become the new destination city of the Bay Area. With each Studio Crew Review, we hope to learn a little bit more about the food community in Oakland.

Our first stop was Burma Superstar (4721 Telegraph Avenue). We arrived at around 5:30pm on a Wednesday evening, so seating for 6 was easy for the restaurant to accommodate. We ordered a wide range of appetizers and main courses, most of which were vegetarian friendly, since Pam and Cody are our honorary vegetarians.

For appetizers, we ordered Skillet Shrimp, Vegetable Samusas, and the popular Tea Leaf Salad. For main courses, we ordered Spicy Noodles, Vegetable Curry, Superstar Vegetarian Noodles, Garlic Noodles, Superstar Shrimp, Mint Chicken, and Coconut Rice. As for drinks, we ordered Mango Lassis and Ginger Mint Lemonades.

Cody (Photo Assistant), Pam (Studio Manager), Sasha (Digital Technician), Noel (Photographer), Dana (Producer), and Pete (Photo Assistant)

Cody (Photo Assistant), Pam (Studio Manager), Sasha (Digital Technician), Noel (Photographer), Dana (Producer), and Pete (Photo Assistant)

The tea leaf salad is hand mixed tableside. Photo by Dana.

The tea leaf salad is hand mixed tableside. Photo by Dana.

Pete serving the tea leaf salad. Photo by Pamela.

Pete serving the tea leaf salad. Photo by Pamela.

Around 6pm, we noticed that the restaurant picked up speed and newcomers would need to put their names down on a waitlist, but the wait never seemed terribly long. On that note, all of the food was served surprisingly quickly. The clear favorites of the dishes were the Tea Leaf Salad, Coconut Rice, and the Ginger Mint Lemonade. Each crew member was handed a blank review sheet to fill with their their thoughts. Please excuse our handwriting...

 

 
 

Burma Superstar

4721 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA

94609

 

 

(510) 652 - 2900

THE REVIEWS