The rise of ramen continues to take over San Diego. Hailing from Kumamoto, Japan and in business since 1968, Ajisen Ramen has completely renovated the building previously occupied by Coco's Family Restaurant at 7398 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Kearny Mesa and will open its first San Diego eatery on November 5.
Ajisen Ramen has over 700 locations of its fast-casual concept all over the globe, including several in California and three in New York City. The Kearny Mesa branch is the only outpost currently planned for San Diego. In addition to up to 40 ramen noodle soup options, Ajisen's 13 page menu offers a variety of typical izakaya appetizers like gyozas, baby octopus, fried oysters, chicken kaarage and more, as well as udon and rice bowls, sushi, salads and desserts like mochi and snow shaved ice.
Ajisen serves the ramen style of Kyushu, Kumamoto, which is a straight and thin ramen made daily in-house, known to have a chewy consistency if you eat it immediately upon being served. According to the company, this straight and thin ramen is best for clinging together and holding the milky pork bone Tonkotsu white broth, made from the slow-cooking of tender pork ribs.
Ajisen first opens to the public at 5pm on Saturday, November 5. For more information on Ajisen Ramen, visit ajisencalifornia.com and check out the full San Diego menu below.