Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RakiRaki revisit

With the cold weather, DH and I have been constantly craving ramen and tsukemen. We recently stopped by RakiRaki again and I thought it was time for an updated post since there have been so many additions to the menu.

The tables now include a chili infused vinegar.

In addition to the chicken ramen, RakiRaki now also offers a pork tonkotsu ramen. I haven’t yet tried it and have heard mixed reviews about it. Since I haven’t been a fan of the chicken ramen, I’ve been hesitant to try the pork tonkotsu.

They’ve also expanded on their tsukemen selection, adding a pork tonkotsu tsukemen and a spicy miso tonkostu tsukemen.

Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Tsukemen

I had been planning on trying the tonkotsu tsukemen, which resembles the tsukemen broth at Tsujita in appearance, though not nearly as rich or flavorful in taste. The server messed up my order or misheard me and gave me a spicy miso one instead. I’m not a big miso fan so I didn’t really like this one. I’ll have to order the regular tonkotsu tsukemen next time to really get a sense of their tonkotsu tsukemen broth.

I also opted for an upgrade on toppings to include the flame blistered prime XO underbelly chasiu. Unfortunately, I found the meat to be too dry and the XO sauce barely detectible.

On this occasion, DH opted to try the spicy tsukemen.


We’ve enjoyed their original tsukemen. The broth isn’t too salty and it’s pretty flavorful. The spicy one is a spicier version of the original one. While it looks pretty red it was a very mild level of spice.

One of our favorite appetizers has been the chicken karaage.

We love the thick, tender pieces and the light breading. It’s usually great, though on one visit the breading came out a little chalky.

We’ve been wanting to try the takoyaki, but it’s only offered during dinner and our last few visits have all been during lunch.

There’s also been an expansion on the sushi selection, but we haven’t yet tried any.

Overall, we still enjoy coming here. Service is a little spotty and it can get very crowded during peak hours. Parking, as usual, is annoying and we rarely find parking inside the lot. I love coming here for a bowl of tsukemen though and then heading over next door for some shaved snow fluff ice.

You can read my two previous RakiRaki posts from its soft opening days here and here.

Here is the current menu:

RakiRaki
4646 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
Rakiraki on Urbanspoon

 

2 Responses to “RakiRaki revisit”

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    caninecologne — January 15, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    I was just there recently as well and noticed that they now offered the pork broth. I didn’t notice the chili infused vinegar though. Good to know about the takoyaki, but the thought of going there during dinner makes me cringe (because of the parking).

    • Kirbie replied: — January 15th, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Yeah, I’m hesitant to go during dinner too. I like going during lunch much better. I saw the vinegar on every table when I went, but maybe it comes and goes. hehe

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