Itani Ramen opened a few months ago, but after hearing mixed reviews, I decided to wait – and I’m glad I did!
I was recently invited to check out their new sake flight and sake happy hour, along with some new dishes on the menu.
The Crispy Pig Ear (lime, house made shichimi pepper, $7) was so addictive I had to move the plate away from me so I wouldn’t finish the whole thing.
While the Shirasu Cold Tofu (silken tofu, crispy bait fish, ponzu, $6) was silky and delicate, I happened to be in the mood for bold flavors that night.
So the Pork Gyoza (pork, white pepper, garlic chives, $7) really hit the spot. The flavors were assertive and it was basically porky goodness on a plate.
I ordered the Miso Pork Ramen with sliced chashu, summer corn and nori (Are you noticing a theme? My love for pork is everlasting and this turned out to be a great place for pork lovers.)
I stirred in some dried red peppers and a couple tablespoons of their house made spicy miso, which perfectly paired with the Sohomare Sake. It was “harmonious blend of acidity and umami.”
They also have a vending machine filled with Japanese frozen desserts, so I got a popsicle on the way out.
1736 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland