If you find yourself hungry in the Mission after midnight on a Saturday ― just like we were last weekend ― your options are no longer limited to a few taquerias. Now you can add ramen to your short list of late-night eateries.
Nombe, the izakaya restaurant that opened late last month on Mission at 21st Street, offers a street food window Fridays and Saturdays only, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sometimes Nombe uses the window located to the right of the entrance door, but most of the time you can wait inside the restaurant, especially now that the weather is chilly. The menu changes every week, though Nombe has been offering different kinds of ramen all month. In November, there was yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), a Kobe beef slider, onigiri (rice balls), and okonomiyaki (savory pancake).
Service is friendly and quick. Just a few minutes after we ordered Saturday, the piping hot cup of delicious ramen was ready to go. This week it was a mini chashu kimchi ramen ($4, $8 for a bigger portion if you sit down inside). The sliced chasu pork was tender and delicious, the tasty broth accented by not-too-spicy cabbage kimchi.
Better than any homemade version of Cup Noodles we've tried, without the hassle of gathering ingredients, cooking, or washing dishes, and in less time. In our opinion, well worth the money.
Nombe Street-Food Window 2491 Mission (at 21st St), 681-7150