I love Japanese food, but when I wanted good ramen I would have to take the trek into the city. So when I heard there was a ramen shop in Sebastopol, I had to give it a try.
Ramen Gaijin is located in downtown Sebastopol and is easy to get to off of Highway 12. The menu is small with the focus on ramen, with other small tapas-like plates available. My boyfriend Michael and I went on a Friday night at about 8 p.m. and learned right away that we should have made a reservation. We were given a wait estimate of 30 minutes and we ended up waiting about 45 minutes. It was alright, even though the restaurant was very busy our food came out within 15 minutes of ordering.
I ordered the Shitake Miso Ramen ($16) and Michael ordered the Shoyu Ramen ($16). I enjoyed it very much, my only wish that if it’s a mushroom-focused ramen, I wanted maybe a little more mushrooms in there. Otherwise, the vegetables and ramen together was delicious and the miso broth was perfect. I had a couple bites of Michael’s Shoyu ramen and the pork belly was quite yummy.
I would definitely recommend Ramen Gaijin to anyone who loves traditional Japanese ramen, but make sure anyone you take has a look at the menu before you go because there might not be something for everyone. Also, make sure to make a reservation!
Where should I try next? Let me know in the comments!