Mitsuwa Food Court
4240 Kearny Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
Neighborhood: Kearny Mesa
Despite shopping regularly at Mitsuwa, I've never actually eaten in its small food court. It''s always been one of those things where I say I'll try it out sometime. This weekend, I finally made it a point to eat there for lunch. Mitsuwa has two restaurants in its food court: Kayaba and Santouka.
Kayaba offers udon, curry and katsu. Santouka offers ramen. Boyfriend opted to eat at Kayaba. I chose to try the ramen at Santouka.
I chose a bowl of regular miso ramen. I don't know a lot about japanese ramen. It's not something I've eaten much of and only have recently started exploring. It's my understanding that Santouka offers Tonkotsu style ramen. This means they make the broth with pork bones, creating a cloudy broth.
I liked how there were bamboo shoots in the ramen. I found the chasu (pork slices) to be a bit dry and too fatty for my taste. Overall, I enjoyed my bowl of ramen a lot. Boyfriend liked it too. I did find that it was a bit too salty though. In the beginning it was fine, but near the end I was feeling the salt, and I couldn't drink any broth after I finished my noodles.
Boyfriend ordered the fried pork chop with curry. I thought the fried pork cutlet was pretty good. The batter was a bit too thick for me, but I liked that the meat was thick as well. I often find the pork cutlets to be too thin. I really liked the red pickled vegetables. A lot of the other offerings at Kabaya come with some soup, potato salad. I wish this curry pork combo came with it.
We're definitely going to have to come back and try some more of the food court items next time we go shopping at Mitsuwa.
Also while I was at Mitsuwa, I discovered that they carry mochi from Mikawaya! I'm not sure how long they have been carrying it. Perhaps a very long time, but I just never knew. I didn't even know about Mikawaya mochi until a few months ago. I had found Mikawaya mochi at the Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, but I'm ecstatic that they have it in SD. They had all the offerings they have at Mikawaya in LA. It's located in an odd spot. Its' not near the other mochi offered at Mitsuwa. Instead, they are on a rack nearby the freezer.