Enjoy Japanese Food at Miso Good Ramen in Santa Rosa
These are extra delicious times in Sonoma County, as ramen is becoming more and more available on our Japanese restaurant menus. Several new ramen shops have opened in the past year, including the oh-so-good Miso Good Ramen in downtown Santa Rosa.
The family owned eatery specializes in – what else – ramen, carefully crafted in a half dozen recipes ranging from classic Tokyo shoyu with chasu pork, chicken, soy braised pork, a six minutes egg, pork broth and onion ($13), to soft shell crab paitan shoyu with seafood, chasu pork and tender greens bobbing in chicken and pork broth ($17).
In an unusual twist, the contemporary, sleek shop also sends out seafood ramen, stocked with shrimp and chicken in its chicken and pork shoyu broth, plus cabbage, bean sprouts and greens ($16).
One of the most interesting soups, meanwhile is the Miso Butter Veggie of fermented soy bean broth, okra, corn, sprouts, greens, and a dollops of butter ($13). Think silky, a touch sour, and brimming with that great umami that only butter can bring.
You can add extra goodies to any ramen bowl, too, such as shimeji mushrooms ($1.50), fried karaage chicken ($3), or corn ($1.50). However you go, you'll savor tasty comfort food with authentic Japanese style.
As a full service restaurant, the menu is extensive, also offering small plates like sunomono salad, the cucumber, seaweed and rice vinegar mix fancied up with shrimp and octopus ($8), gyoza stuffed with chicken and ground pork or edamame, cabbage, garlic and onion (get them fried or steamed, $7), and tempura shrimp drizzled in spicy creamy sauce ($10).
Sushi lovers will be happy with the rolls and nigiri, such as the signature Miso Good Roll, a magical monster stuffed with crab salad, spicy tuna and avocado, then topped in hamachi, salmon, tobiko, tempura flakes, unagi sauce and spicy mayo ($16). There are several vegetarian options, as well, including a Yama roll of avocado, green bean tempura, tempura flakes and spicy mayo ($7).
And if rice is your thing, the rice bowls and creative, crowned in nice bites like spicy garlic shrimp finished with butter, chile, soy sauce, lemon juice, kimchee and greens ($14).
For an even more upscale adventure, the carpaccio beckons. Hirame is just one elegant example, the thinly sliced halibut decorated with whisper thin shaved radish, shiso, Japanese 7 spices, lemon zest, olive oil and ponzu sauce ($14).
Keep in mind that, while prices are reasonable, the place is classy, trimmed in gray walls hung with raw wood shelves stacked with pretty pottery, ocean inspired art, succulents, and lots of bottles of sake and wine.
Details: 507 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-545-7545, misogoodramen.com