September 1, 2011

Ramen Underground (SF)

by Yoko Kumano

Ramen Underground SF

I must admit that Washi and I have more-than-healthy appetites and the lunch boxes at the Edible Schoolyard event did not satiate our piggie tendencies. After our pleasant, healthy sandwich meal, we decided to check out the latest the Financial District had to offer in terms of ramen. Thanks to a tip from my brother-in-law we were off to grease-ball it up at San Francisco’s newest ramen joint, Ramen Underground.

Ramen Underground SF

But first… look who we met on the way there!

French Bulldog

Ramen Underground turned out to be a great encore to the main event. The tiny shop seats about 15 people and the interior is painted black. Each bowl of ramen is $8 with $1 toppings.

Ramen Underground SF
Notice the MSG option as their toppings

I got the shio.

Ramen Underground SF
Shio ramen

Ramen Underground SFNoodles

The broth was excellent, smooth and dimensional without being salty. Although the noodles were a little rough (my sister dubbed them slightly “ropey”) and the chashu a bit tough, I was thoroughly charmed by the broth.

Ramen Underground SF
Miso ramen with spicy topping

Ramen Underground SF
Egg topping

Ramen Underground just opened last Monday and I really look forward to it getting better with time.

Overall, a very memorable lunch outing.


355 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
T: 415.765.9909



  • Posted September 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    LMAO $1 MSG addition

  • Yamahomo
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    All the toppings are the same price? $1 for scallion? Nothing is on $8 version?

  • Posted September 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Is the MSG topping like a powder??

  • yoko
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 12:57 am

    MSG as a topping made me trust that these people had a good sense of humor.

    Yama – the $8 ramen price comes with scallions and chashu. The photo of my shio ramen and the photo above the eggs show an $8 bowl. If you want more scallions, you would have to order the topping.

    Sakura – The MSG will be added to the soup before it is served to you. So it wouldn’t be the Ajinomoto in a small plate served to you beside the soup. Although, you could probably request that as well. But the server said that an MSG topping means that they will add MSG into the broth.

  • worm
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love how you worked in the nugget dog into the story. Yes, I think this place was worth a second visit.

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