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Jinya Ramen Bar

photo of the outside of Jinya Ramen Bar
Jinya Ramen Bar opened a San Diego branch a few months ago. Originally from Tokyo, the restaurant has several locations in California as well as a handful of other states.

Normally, I can’t wait to try out a new ramen joint, but I was a little hesitant about Jinya and put it off for several months. It’s located in Pacific Beach and appears to cater to a more American clientele. The menu, in addition to ramen, has several offerings I don’t normally see at Japanese ramen shops.

The restaurant has a sleek interior, with plenty of indoor and patio seating. It was such a beautiful day so we asked to be seated outside. And even though it was daytime and warm, the fire pit added some fun and drama.

Brussels Sprouts Tempura
photo of Brussels Sprouts Tempura
This is one of those dishes that I wouldn’t expect to see at a Japanese restaurant. Still, I love brussels sprouts so I decided to give it a try. The batter on the tempura was thick and crunchy. I prefer lighter and airier, but these were still pleasant to eat. I wish that they came with a thick dipping sauce as they tasted a little plain on their own.

Jinya Tokotsu Black
overhead photo of Jinya Tokotsu Black
The restaurant offers nearly a dozen ramen options which can be overwhelming. However, the restaurant does helpfully highlight their most popular options and this is their No. 1. This bowl consists of their signature long-simmered pork broth, garlic chips, caramelized black garlic oil, pork chashu, fried onions, and a seasoned egg. It is also served with thin noodles.

close-up photo of thin noodles
The thin noodles were perfectly cooked, soaking up just enough of the broth. The broth itself was rich, milky and very flavorful, especially with the addition of the black garlic oil. I do wish the broth had been served a tad hotter.

close-up photo of Jinya Tokotsu Black
To my delight, the seasoned egg had a soft yolk. I love soft boiled marinated eggs with my ramen, but they are quite hard to find in San Diego. The egg arrived whole and I requested a knife so I could split it open.

Cha Cha Cha
photo of Cha Cha Cha

Mr. K opted for their second most popular ramen bowl. This one was a few dollars more than my pick, but it was also loaded with ingredients, including several pieces of melty chashu, bean sprouts and scallions.
photo of Cha Cha Cha with eggs
This ramen was also served with a seasoned egg, which again, had a perfectly cooked soft yolk.
close-up photo of ramen noodles
The cha cha cha was served with thick noodles. Normally, I prefer the chew and bounce of thick noodles, but the thick noodles did a poor job of absorbing the pork broth flavor.

photo of a Mimosa
While browsing the specials, we noticed that they serve $2 mimosas all weekend long. Mimosas with ramen? Why not! These were actually surprisingly strong and you can’t beat the price.

Overall, we had a pretty pleasant experience here. The staff was very friendly and attentive and my bowl of ramen was solid. We hope to be back to try a few more menu items.

Be sure to check out Kirk’s visits here.

photo of the menuphoto of the menu

Jinya Ramen Bar
825 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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6 comments on “Jinya Ramen Bar”

  1. Visited Jinya for the first time a couple of months ago and had no idea that this store was originally from Tokyo! Definitely enjoyed the fact that the lines weren’t as long as other places like Tajima. 

  2. H Kirbie – I’ve got to g back here….wasn’t too impressed with the ramen, but I enjoyed the fried pig ears, which the Missus didn’t, but She liked those tempura brussels…till need to try the karaage. Thanks so much for the mention

  3. I went there a few weeks ago to try for the first time as well and was quite surprised that it was pretty good. The eggs were cooked perfectly, I even got a soft boiled egg (that made me super excited). 

    My only complaint was that we got chicken ramen and the chicken was cut thick, and dry.