Off The Menu: Iza Ramen To Debut Second Location in SoMa

Photo courtesy of Iza RamenPhoto courtesy of Iza Ramen

Photo courtesy of Iza Ramen

Love good ramen? We do too. Luckily, Iza Ramen is opening their second location in SoMa. Happy slurping.

Established in 2013. Blowfish to Die For’s Executive Chef, Ritsu Tsuchida, unveiled the now-legendary ramen recipe at the Iza Ramen and broke the widely held belief by Bay Area’s ramen connoisseurs that one must venture outside the city to enjoy authentic ramen. 

Iza ramen is comprised of painstakingly slow-cooked, impossibly tender BBQ pork belly, fatty triple-stock broth, perfectly chewy noodles, soft boiled egg, and a variety of other tasty topping options. Chef Ritsu Tsuchida is also offering Tsukemen for those who prefer dipping their noodles to letting them soak. The Iza Ramen pop-up shop operated for two and a half years at the Blowfish Sushi in San Francisco.

Over the past six months, Tsuchida installed new kitchen equipment, new drains, a new server station, and a room for garbage, since his lease does not include access to the patio in the back. “There was a big wall that was closing off the dining room,” says Tsuchida to Hoodline, “and we tore it down.” The result, says server and social media manager Tomoko Sugiyama, is intended to be “light, warm, and welcoming.”

Iza have also come together with Holy Craft Brewer to create a custom brew for the eatery, Harajuku Yuzu Ale, and with SF Beer Week around the corner, they’ll be debuting it early to those who want to try.

In the Lower Haight, after a year, we still have a line outside, that’s my hope for SoMa as well.

— Ritsuo Tsuchida

// Iza’s hours will be daily from 5-9:45 p.m., 1155 Folsom Street, SoMa,

Iza's Haight location, photo via Eater SF.Iza's Haight location, photo via Eater SF.

Iza’s Haight location, photo via Eater SF.

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Off The Menu: Iza Ramen To Debut Second Location in SoMa
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