Hachi Ramen Debuts In San Diego's Bankers Hill

April 10, 2017

The owner of Azuki Sushi has transformed their former Artisan Bento concept that sat at 2505 5th Avenue in San Diego's Bankers Hill into Hachi Ramen - a modern Japanese eatery now serving creative takes on ramen noodle soup.

Shihomi Borillo, who also owns and operates nearby Azuki Sushi, opened Artisan Bento in early 2015 but closed the concept earlier this year despite positive reviews in order to rebrand the space into a casual ramen bar. Much of the essence of Artsan Benton and many of the dishes have been kept, although the interior of Hachi Ramen has been renovated to add a lengthy counter bar and a window-side counter for people watching while slurping.

"Ramen always held a special place in my heart," explained Borillo. "My first job was at a popular ramen restaurant Yoshu-Shonin in Yokohama when I was 18 years old. Hachi Ramen's executive chef Misako Ohba has created amazing flavors using complex Japanese technique with local and seasonal ingredients. Our menu will be updated every season and our beverage program focuses on local breweries and Baja wines as well as craft cocktails made with cold pressed juice."

The ramen-centric eatery offers a unique variety of Japanese noodle soups, including a traditional Tonkotsu pork ramen, a Yasai vegan ramen, a duck ramen with foie gras oil, and a TanTan ramen with sansho peppered chicken. Hachi Ramen will also serve a menu of small plates including many favorites from Artisan Bento like seafood crudo, rice bowls, steamed bao buns, sushi rolls, poke, and Japanese-inspired charcuterie boards, as well as craft beer, wine, shochu and sake.

Hachi Ramen is now open Monday through Saturday from 11:30am until 9pm. For more information, call 619.231.0700 and follow Hachi Ramen on Facebook & Instagram and check out the menus below.