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Orenchi Ramen
Orenchi Ramen

Orenchi Ramen

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3540 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 246-2955
http://www.orenchi-ramen.com/
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I looooooove orenchi ramen! It's da bes ramen in town! You gotta wait in line though.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Hands down. The best ramen in town. The noodles are the big fat yellow squiggly ones that are super Q. The broth is rich and savory and pairs perfectly well with the noodles.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

I looooooove orenchi ramen! It's da bes ramen in town! You gotta wait in line though.

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Reno, Nevada, USA

You have a choice of 3 ramen bases and options for add-ons (extra cost). The shoyu ramen hit the spot for me. There is a large selection of appetizers on the menu.

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Local from Milpitas, California, USA

Is the ramen amongst the top in the South Bay? YES! ABSOLUTELY! If you want to avoid the wait, come 20-30 minutes before it opens. And I was also told Tuesday lunch is apparently their least busy time. The Tonktsu broth was fatty and flavorful, the Shoyu broth was lighter but saltier. Please, always get the egg and only soft-boiled egg!

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Local from San Jose, California

Its been a while, but still a good wait (dont forget to put your name on the wait list), still a delicious bowl of tonkatsu Orenchi ramen, soft boiled (whole) egg is still the best in the bay, and $1-$2 to make it a spicy miso broth ramen, still. Love the consistency.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

Insanely popular and busy yet it does make for a fun outing. Ramen is pretty good but it's mainly the overcharged hype that makes it fun.

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Local from South San Francisco, California, USA

This was my first visit to Orenchi Ramen and it was pretty busy for dinner. I put my name down on the list and waiting for about 20-30 minutes to be seated. Ended up ordering the orenchi ramen which was very tasty and hearty. I also ordered their fried chicken which was so delicious and a must order item if you eat here.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Overhyped is one potential word that might be associated with Orenchi. One look at this place and you will most likely see a sizeable crowd of diners waiting patiently for up to an hour for a table. One notable fact is the owners of Orenchi also own the restaurant next door (that caters to a completely different clientele). My favorite was the shoyu ramen. I also tried their Orenchi Ramen with their signature Tonkotsu broth, although I’m more partial to their shoyu broth. From my experience I would tend to shy away from their appetizers, as they seem somewhat hit and miss.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

The wait can be long. I waited for almost an hour to get a seat, but it was worth it. The orenchi ramen was really good with a flavorful broth.

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San Francisco, California

Super yummy shoyu ramen! I also really enjoy their chicken karaage! The only bad thing about this place is the wait. But beyond that, the service and food is amazing!

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New Delhi, India

one of the better ramen places in the bay area. long waits, up to an 2 hours. takoyaki and fried chicken are the best appetisers. tsukemen is wonderful if you can be one of the lucky sods to get only 15 limited bowls per service. pork rice is great as well.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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This popular ramen joint is notorious for their long waits but for good reason- the ramen here is some of the best I've had outside of Tokyo. Noodles are perfect; chewy, springy, thick and curly. The soup is super flavorful, and the flavored egg- I might have to get two next time, it was so good. The salad was a nice contrast to the savory soup, and the chicken karage was perfectly fried. I'd go here much more often if there were not astronomical waits for tables....

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Believe it, it is as good as it gets.

There is a reason why restaurants like Orenchi are Michelin rated. Therefore, this review will be short. Your knowledge on ramen will be redefined and refined from the broth of the soup to the delicate taste of the noodles. The appetizers are a real compliment to the entrees as well.

Notes:
- Expect it to be busy. It will always be packed especially in the waiting area (it becomes a sardine can full of people)
- Come early as you can to make a reservation.
- The longest wait was 1.5 hrs but your patience WILL be rewarded.
- Enjoy your meal!

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Local from Palo Alto, California, USA

This popular restaurant dishes out al dente noodles, soft boiled eggs and delicious broth, albeit a little too salty for my liking...expect to wait for your table....the queue moves quite quickly.

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Emeryville, California, USA

1. Believe the hype

2. Get there early

3. Wear stretchy pants

The end

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San Francisco, California, USA

It was a cold and rainy night, so I was in the mood for some noodles. A friend mentioned a place called Orenchi Ramen and boy did it hit the spot. There was a long line to get in and the place is pretty small so be sure to take that into account before you bring a crowd. The menu is very simple, they have three types of ramen noodles and you can add additional toppings. I ordered the orenchi ramen and it was simply delicious. Price wise I would say it is on the pricey side ($9) since ramen should be an inexpensive meal.

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Local from Madison, AL

Yes, soft boiled egg is definitely a nice point of addition to the ramen. But don't be expect mind blowing goodness, it is still just an egg after all.

Now for the tan tan. I don't see why its such a big deal. Its a sesame based broth. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled coming from Hawaii where tan tan broth is the Standard for ramen for the islands. I guess my take away is, come visit Hawaii if you want tan tan ramen all the time! (see my goma tei reviews hehe)

The Orenchi soup base was nice and light with good seasoning, but nothing to rave about. All the additions were nice. Noodles were a bit on the chewier side, but nothing too distracting.

Overall, I didn't think it was worth the hype. Prices are standard for industry. I still crave Ryowa's vegetarian ramen and Santouka's toroniku ramen more.

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Local from Santa Clara

My expectation for Orenchi Ramen had been building up for quite a while after hearing all the good reviews from numerous people. Finally tried it for the very first time and I was not disappointed.

I ordered the tonkotsu base Orenchi Ramen. The broth was light yet flavorful. If I try hard enough to find fault I would say the broth still lacked the complex flavor of a signature good ramen broth like those from Japan. It was good but not quite the very best. The ramen noodles had very good texture. Of all the toppings I liked the soft boil egg the most. It was perfectly done and amazingly delicious.

Their Chicken Karaage is one of the best I have had. Very crispy on the outside yet incredibly soft and tender inside.

This place is Cash only and close on Monday. Used to serve dinner only but now they are finally open for lunch! This could quite possibly be one of my future favorite lunch spot.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA
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Let's see what the hype is all about! Orenchi Ramen has lines that are super long and people are always raving about it, so it was time to give it a try... on our third trip out there, when we finally got seated, it was time to see what the hype was all about. We ordered the Orenchi and Shoyu Ramen. The Orenchi came with thick noodles that were similar but better than the typical ramen packets you can buy at the store. It literally came with one piece of pork and an excellent soft-boiled egg, and the broth was very savory and thick. Delicious broth, but so little toppings! The Shoyu Ramen's broth was way too salty, although I enjoyed the seaweed. This ramen had a bit more meat, but didn't come with the soft-boiled egg! So sad!!! Overall, for such a long wait and high price, we downed all the broth, which was overall, too salty. Our throats were craving for something sweet to wash it down! Was the hype worth it? The ramen was OK, but nothing to write home about, at least not for an average of an hour wait. If it was quick service, not bad, but definitely not for a long wait. Is it the best in the Bay Area? Can't exactly give it that status, but it's worth a try just so you can so you made it through the line and to the end of the tunnel. Just don't expect it to be the treasure you're looking for.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

What to Order Here:
Orenchi Ramen (9.00 for regular, 10.50 for large)

The tonkotsu broth (otherwise known as pork bone broth) is full of flavor, hearty and thick, and legitimately tastes like pork bone soup that I've had in Asia. The egg is cooked to perfection: slightly runny while mantaining its ultimate flavor. The slices of pork melt in your mouth like I've never experienced before. I loved that they had chopped garlic and pepper flake condiments right at your table. Noodles are cooked al dente to perfection.

Expect a wait around 30-60 minutes. Getting a large for $1.50 extra is a tremendously good deal for those that can't seem to get enough!

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