Showa Ramen opens at University of California San Diego
Area residents as well as campus dwellers have gained several fresh dining options with the launch of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Districta mixed-use development at UC San Diego that made headlines by signing a handful of independent restaurants run by household names in the local food scene.
Since its launch last year, popular vegan chain Plant Power Fast Food, well-known cafe Copa Vida and superfood spot Blue Bowl have opened in the complex, the latest to arrive being Shōwa Ramen, a new restaurant in the group. Showa Hospitality based in San Diego. , which operates the Taco Stand as well as Himitsu Sushi in La Jolla and several Japanese restaurants across the country.
Showa’s menu offers a variety of ramen styles, ranging from shoyu and shio to miso and tonkotsu, as well as a vegan version and summer-ready hayashi chuka, a chilled ramen without soup. Other offerings include appetizers, salads, and rice bowls.
The group, which is preparing to unveil a Tokyo-style cocktail bar on Convoy, told Eater that it currently has no plans to open any other ramen shops beyond the UCSD location.
Two other restaurant additions have yet to debut at UCSD: Opening in the next few days is Fan-Fan, a new project from Scripps Ranch owner’s Taste of Hunan, a former UC San MBA. Diego Rady School, which will feature Chinese dishes such as Hunan Sweet and Sour Beef, Mapo Tofu, and Spicy and Sour Sauteed Shredded Potatoes as well as Americanized classics like Orange Shrimp, Sesame Chicken, and Broccoli Beef . And Tahini, Clairemont Mesa’s mega-popular lunch spot, has an outpost that will serve up its Middle Eastern street food menu of freshly baked pita, homemade falafel, and chicken or steak shawarma.