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Member Reviews (31)
- Orenchi RamenMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Nov 08, 2013
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.Recommended for:Foodies
- Orenchi RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
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.
- Orenchi RamenAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 01, 2013
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.
- Orenchi RamenMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Aug 20, 2013
Daikokuya is one of my all-time favorite ramen places in LA. It is hard to beat. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to find another delicious ramen place in the Bay Area! Orenchi is located in a ghetto plaza on Homestead/Lawrence Expressway. Come here if you must have delicious ramen. The interior of the restaurant looks much better than the plaza. There, you'll find a busy restaurant, a huge waiting list, and an extremely friendly and cheerful staff. While waiting here this past weekend, they started to blast Eye of the Tiger because some kid was going to attempt eating a Giant bowl (i.e. 4 bowls worth of ramen) in 10 minutes. He didn't succeed, but it was fun to watch.
- Orenchi RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Apr 02, 2013
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!
- Orenchi RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Feb 13, 2013
With only three choices (there are several add ons): Orenchi ramen (with milky, pork tonkotsu broth) for $9, Shio ramen and Shoyo ramen for $8.80, I prefer Santouka and Kahoo for their variety. However, I really like Orenchi's thicker perfectly cooked noodles and the soft boiled egg was so yummy. I really enjoyed the pork pieces, but there were only two, so it left me wanting more. The portions are a bit small for guys (umm, can we get some more ladies up in here?), so I'd suggest getting a large.
The karaage fried chicken looked delicious, as did the rice bowls with pork, but I didn't have any room in my belly for any of that. They have some tasty offerings during dinner only, so I'll be back to try them. They have a decent selection of beers, shochu and sakes as well.
There was a bit of a wait at 12:15pm, but we were in and out of the place within 45 minutes. The wait definitely died down by 1pm. Super friendly service at the counter. Cash only during lunch, but thankfully they have an ATM inside that only charges a $1.50 fee.
- Orenchi RamenMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 13, 2013
Hands down the best ramen I've had yet! A long wait but totally worth it for what you get. they close pretty early and they stop taking more names when they feel it will run past closing, so get here early!
- Orenchi RamenAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Jan 07, 2013
This place IS NOT worth the wait. We came before it opened for dinner (opens 5:30) and put our names on the list...still had to wait 1.5hrs. The star was the boiled egg in the ramen and the karaage that was crisp and not too greasy. Nice and tender on the inside. I've had better noodles and broth elsewhere and for cheaper. The tonkatsu soup base was lacking in flavor...sigh. A bowl of ramen like this for $9?! The okonimiyaki fries were way overpriced too for how much you get. People must be really bored to wait so long for ramen too...
- Orenchi RamenDec 26, 2012
One of the top three ramen shops in the Bay Area, Orenchi has delicious, savory, fatty broth and al dente noodles...and the perpetually long wait to prove it. Get the namesake Orenchi ramen with the tonkotsu broth. They also do a good chicken karaage (fried chicken). And be prepared to wait.