Karami Ramen has arrived on Convoy bearing spicy ramen. Though Japanese ramen is not typically spicy, in recent years it has become an increasingly popular and trendy menu item; there’s even a ramen shop in Kyoto, Japan that literally sets your bowl of noodles on fire.
This is the first U.S. eatery for Yumiko Kuroda and her husband, whose background is in teppanyaki restaurants. Recently settled in San Diego, the couple have remodeled Karami’s Kearny Mesa space, installing a row of fans above the dining area and ramen bar to cool overheated diners.
The spicy ramen is offered in several varieties, including shoyu ramen with beef and pork curry and shio ramen with pork chashu. The chicken-based broth gets spiked with either a dose of chili pepper from India, chili pepper from Korea, or fresh habanero; for a triple whammy, combine all three chilies for a super spicy bowl.
Karami Ramen has milder ramen options too, including miso tonkotsu vegetable ramen and seafood shio ramen with shrimp, mussels, squid, and scallops, as well as other dishes ranging from chicken karaage or eel over rice to snacks like gyoza and takoyaki. The eatery is now open for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.