On most weekends, our agenda is dictated by what we want to eat. In the SF area, the possibilities are endless. On 2 recent outings, we decided to explore ramen and crab.
First up, Maru Ichi in Mountain View for ramen (~1300 reviews, 3.5 stars on Yelp). The thing that struck me most when Yelping around for ramen were the various ramen combo sets that Maru Ichi offered. We all tried a different set configuration.
Combo C: Kuro Ramen (garlic tonkotsu broth with roe and pork belly) with Negitoro (tuna belly and scallions on vinegared rice)
The noodles had a nice bite, pork belly was nicely marinated, and, true to its name, the broth was quite garlic-y (in a good way). I loved that they had a "noodle room" up front by the entry where you could watch them make their own noodles.
Negitoro - kind of like a big deconstructed sushi roll. Very large portion, fresh fish, and nicely flavored rice - my favorite part of the meal.
Combo B: Miso Ramen w/ pot stickers and California rolls
Always need a kid-friendly option!
My husband loves Japanese curry because it has plenty of curry flavor without being too spicy
Table garnishes included kimchi and dried garlic chips
Is it possible to be a crab-aholic? We hit PPQ Dungeness Island (~1800 reviews, 4 stars on Yelp) to try their Peppercorn crab:
Peppercorn Crab with the Garlic Noodles
Both dishes had good flavor, but I felt like they were a little on the dry side.
Cabbage Salad (very good!) and Imperial Rolls
It's a good thing we spend 5 hours every weekend biking off the food we eat...