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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hey, Ramen Lovers: Semi-Secret Ramen Pop-Up Hits Half Moon Bay on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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What: Ramen Night pop up in Half Moon Bay

Where: Flavor Restaurant, 10151 Cabrillo Hwy, El Granada, CA 94019

When: Tue. March 13, 4:30-10 p.m.

Cost: $24 for 3 courses, appetizer + choice of ramen + dessert

The rundown: Since ramen fanatics will travel any distance to find a good bowl of ramen, it makes sense for us to alert San Francisco ramen lovers to the chance for some exceptional ramen at a rare dinner pop up in Half Moon Bay.

Conrad Seto has been hosting semi-secret ramen pop up dinners for the last 2 years. He's borrowing Flavor Restaurant, to showcase his specialty of Hakata style tonkotsu (pork bone broth). So far, it's the best version of Hakata style we've found in the Bay Area. Every detail is spot on, with softer straight noodles and the typical thin "oil slick" layer that traps the heat inside the bowl. Unlike most ramen shops, Seto makes everything from scratch, no canned bamboo shoots, and no South Bay factory made noodles.

The prix fixe offers 4 choices of ramen:

- Standard Bowl, with house-made noodles, house-cured bamboo, char shiu pork, kikurage (wood ear mushrooms), Welsh onions, nori (toasted seaweed), and a marinated egg.

- Meat Lovers: a Standard Bowl with extra char shiu and pickled ginger.

- Kitchen Sink: the Meat Lovers topped with mentaiko and toasted sesame seeds.

- Vegetarian: vegetable broth, cured bamboo, wood ear and shitake mushrooms, marinated egg (specify if you don't eat eggs), onions, and spinach.

Make reservations by calling 650-726-8000 or email flavor@flavoronthecoast.com

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