Address: 1201 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 441-0011
Monday afternoon after the girls’ nap, we decided to visit Joyce’s cousin: Lydia. She’s currently going to school at Sacramento State University. We picked her up from the dorms and made our way out to Downtown Sacramento in search for an early dinner. The choice was between Thai food and Ramen. We decided on Ramen so Lydia made a call to a close Sacramento contact to track down the location of the Shoki II Ramen House.
Luckily, Downtown Sacramento streets are designed much like San Francisco Sunset streets – with ordered numbers and letters. It’s pretty easy to navigate where to go if you’re given a number and a letter street intersection. Unfortunately, the 2-block radius around the restaurant was blocked off to traffic due to road construction. It took us a good 15-20 minutes to find the entrance and parking lot to Shoki II (we had to come in through S street).
Once parked and as we enter the restaurant, the staff shouts out a customary Japanese greeting (much like at Miyake’s in Palo Alto or other more traditional Japanese restaurants) to an entering customer. We sat at a long table in the middle of the restaurant and started looking at their pretty simplistic menu.
I ordered the Tsuka Men (chilled ramen noodles with warm soy sauce based broth on the side topped with 1 slice of Chashu, spinach, menma (bamboo shoots), green onion, and 1 seaweed. I figured I could sample a taste of the noodles cold and then dump the ingredients to enjoy it hot: the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the ramen tasted better in the hot broth than out.
I should’ve ordered the Shoyu Ramen (ramen is in the broth as usually is) like everyone else or Tan Tan Men (since I don’t mind a little spicy kick). Everyone else liked their ramen….even the girls….who always love their mein mein!
I also ordered a bottle of Apple Black Tea. This went great as it complemented our trip up to Apple Hill earlier in the weekend.
On the table were garlic paste and chili paste. The added garlic paste flavors the broth and ramen wonderfully. I was too chicken to try the chili paste.
At the end of the meal, the hostess came to us with the check and a punch card for free ramen order after the 8th paid order. Since we accounted for 6 orders, we received a free Shoki Ramen House sticker.
Japanese Ramen is good stuff. Great for a chilly day, although it wasn’t chilly when we went. Shoki Ramen House truly tries to create your ramen “bowl of dreams”.
Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Stroller Access [maybe a little tight as the restaurant is only so big]