Harumama To Open Location In San Diego's Ocean Beach

August 14, 2021

Taking over the 2-story building that last housed OB Garden Café in San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood is the fifth location of Harumama, a kitschy Japanese restaurant concept known for its Instagram-famous, animal-shaped buns.

Husband and wife restaurateurs James & Jenny Pyo have founded such area eateries as Love Boat Sushi in San Marcos and Oceanside, Harumama restaurants in Little Italy & Carlsbad, Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar in Carlsbad, Blue Smoke Sushi in Fashion Valley Mall, two Pokewan locations, and, most recently, Harumama-offshoot Teriyaki & Bao in Carlsbad. In 2019, they opened their most ambitious project yet, a combination concept Harumama Noodles & Buns and Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi in the 5,000 square foot space perched above La Jolla Shores that last previously housed The Hake. Another location of Harumama is currently being constructed in the 2,150 square-foot space that last housed Pick Up Sticks in Encinitas Village Square plaza, which is expected to open by year's end. Over the course of its 3 years in business, Harumama Noodle & Buns became an Instagram sensation due to a rotating lineup of animal & character-shaped stuffed buns, including a recently released Winnie The Pooh variety.

Harumama's fifth location will open in the 2,450 square-foot space that last housed Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market's bi-level OB Garden Café, which shuttered in September 2019. Designed by Executive Chef James Pyo, the food menu will include a bunch of eclectic ramen noodle soup varieties, as well as sushi rolls, steamed character sticky buns, and homemade dumplings. The eatery will also serve an array of appetizers, salads, poke bowls and possibly sushi like the La Jolla location. From the bar, expect craft beer, wine, soju and sake. Harumama's newest location will have a first floor dining room and patio with a rooftop deck. 

Harumama is expected to unveil its fifth location as this December at 4741 Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach. For more information, visit harumamasd.com.