At long last, Hapa Ramen’s brick-and-mortar opens tomorrow!

After doing the farmer’s market pop-up thing for years, Richie Nakano is finally opening his long-awaited ramen shop tomorrow. The Hapa Ramen restaurant is located at 2293 Mission Street, in the former 99¢ Depot. As a long-time noodle advocate, I headed over to report from the front lines, armed with a fellow noodle-loving lady.

The opening menu features snacky small plates (ribs, a raw fish tartare, a Korean seafood pancake), steamed buns a la David Chang, and with three types of ramen. The restaurant’s namesake bowl, pictured above, is generously topped with pork slabs, nugs of fried chicken, a poached egg, and seasonal vegetables.

There’s also a full bar and cocktail menu, which includes a gin drink involving Hi-Chew tincture and Hawaiian Punch syrup (above, right) that tastes exactly like a Pixy Stix. The bourbon drink on the left contained banana, black sea salt, and cacao.

Above, two of my favorite things I ate: a savory pile of roasted baby carrots and radishes, and an adorable fried chicken-and-pickle steamed bun that, in the most flattering way possible, reminded me of the classic sandwich from my childhood favorite now-shunned fast food establishment.

Oh, and those in-progress booths we reported on awhile back cleaned up real nice:

[Booth photo by Erin Conger]

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11 Responses to “At long last, Hapa Ramen’s brick-and-mortar opens tomorrow!”

  1. what even are says:

    advertisement. at least admit the meal was comp’ed.

  2. Bob Dole says:

    $16 for a bowl of ramen. Gotta love the Mission.

  3. wurple says:

    Exactly. More overpriced crap. You can probably get the same meal in the Sunset for $6.

  4. Bob says:

    Expensive, I don’t recall paying this much in Tokyo and land is significantly more expensive there.

  5. mark-san says:

    depending on the neighborhood/location, ramen is a about $7-$10 in and around Tokyo. ramen is a fast food and served in ramen joints and not restaurants. ramen joints serve ramen, beer and sometimes gyoza.

  6. pastido says:

    Already half empty when I walked by last night….doesn’t bode well…

  7. Balrog says:

    $16 ramen? PASS. Sheesh.

  8. scum says:

    For $16 I can make a giant pot of clam chowder with Niman Ranch bacon.

  9. CatMom says:

    Skip this place, so nasty and so expensive!