Nojo Ramen Tavern, Hayes Valley
Headquartered in Tokyo, Nojo Ramen Tavern brings a modern twist on traditional Japanese food to their US flagship location. The veggie miso ramen plays with flavors and textures with a meaty, seasoned ground soybean and brown rice topping, fresh corn, Japanese greens, beet chips, scallion, okra, and a slick of garlic oil and butter. Don’t hesitate if you happen to see a seasonal special on the menu like the hearty vegan curry ramen which comes topped with plenty of vegetables including crisp lotus root, pumpkin, red peppers, edamame, broccolini, and vegan soy croquettes. 231 Franklin St.
Marufuku Ramen, Japantown
While it’s not on the menu, Marufuku Ramen offers a popular vegetarian ramen to diners in the know. It’s made from a light soy broth, but it has a balance of sweet and savory notes that replicate the complexity of long-simmered bone broth. The hearty bowl comes with an egg and a salad-like topping of chopped mizuna greens, slivers of red onion, sweet bell peppers, and scallions. The Hakata-style noodles are angel hair thin, but still manage to be firm and toothsome. 1581 Webster St. Ste 235