Porky Goodness at Itani Ramen

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

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.

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

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.

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

 

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.

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

 

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

510-788-7489

Christina Mitchell

Christina Mitchell

Christina is a blogger, podcaster and social media consultant for local food businesses. She started East Bay Dish over 7 years ago and has been sharing her adventures in local restaurants ever since.
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