I love Japan Town in San Francisco. I find true gems that are good, cheap and always a great experience. I always leave happy and extremely satisfied. This time I decided to try Tanpopo Restaurant and Bar. It didn’t look like anything special from the outside but it was busting inside. The locals were all there eating, drinking and gossiping. I knew we had found the right place to eat. However, we didn’t realize how much food we ordered until it was placed before us. One piece of advice, come hungry or else you’ll be leaving with lots of left overs.
Maguro Sashimi: Sushi grade wild tuna
Our first course was a taster of fresh sashimi. It wasn’t the best sashimi I’ve ever had but it was pretty good. I didn’t really expect a ramen place to have amazing raw fish since it’s not their speciality but I feel like it’s something that any true Japanese restaurant should have at all times. They did not disappoint.
Gyoza: 7 pieces of pan fired pork pot stickers
These are my fiancés favorite. Everywhere we go, he has to have these if they are on the menu. They aren’t my favorite but these ones were worth reordering. They were juicy but crunchy. I’ve had a lot of gyoza in the 3.5 years that I’ve been with my guy and these are by far the best.
Wonton Ramen: Soy Sauce soup with pork wonton and one slice of Chashu Pork(Roasted Pork)
I love wonton’s so what’s better than to have them in a ramen soup. This soup was so big that I took more than half home. It was perfect for a lunch the next day. The flavor of the soy sauce soup was amazing and the noodles were perfect.
Karamiso Ramen: Spicy miso flavor soup with boiled bean sprouts and one slice of Chashu Pork(Roasted Pork)
If you like spicy, this is the dish for you. It has a kick and will turn your face red. I noticed that it was a regular favorite at this restaurant.