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Preview the Adorable Eats at Little Italy’s Newest Asian Eatery

Animal-shaped buns are on tap

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Character buns
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Harumama is set to open on Thursday, February 1 in Little Italy. The new Asian eatery, created by local restaurateurs Jenny and James Pyo, who also run Love Boat Sushi, Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar and Pokewan, will serve a menu that draws on dishes from Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisines with a playful and modern twist.

Voted most likely to appear on Instagram feeds are the character buns, or classic steamed buns crafted in cartoon-y shapes. The pig bun holds a pork and caramelized onion filling while the chicken encases egg custard and the panda hides purple sweet potato. Starters range from krab cream cheese wontons with passion fruit sauce to tempura taro, while noodles include pork, chicken or vegetable broth-based ramen and stir-fried noodle plates. Fluffy bao buns are also represented, stuffed with everything from duck to spam, crunchy shrimp and pulled chicken. And there will be speciality sushi rolls as well as protein-topped rice bowls.

Flying Pig Ramen
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The Columbia Street eatery, open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday will also offer local and Japanese beer plus wine and sake.

Harumama Menu by EaterSD on Scribd


1901 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101 619-269-7122​