Landing in San Diego in 2017, Menya Ultra Ramen was the first stateside restaurant for Japanese ramen master Takashi Endo. Since opening on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and securing Eater’s Restaurant of the Year award, Menya has earned superlatives from Andrew Zimmern and launched a second shop in Mira Mesa; both locations still manage to draw consistent crowds.
The eatery has been looking for a spot to open a third outpost and Eater has learned that it’s Hillcrest for the win. Slated to open by the end of 2020, it will share a University Avenue complex with Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, India Palace, and Uncle Biff’s.
Its two existing locations are currently open for takeout and delivery, offering well-packaged DIY ramen kits of its popular tonkotsu, miso, and tantan men featuring its freshly-made ramen noodles. For the summer season, Menya is also serving up cold noodles dressed with seasoned minced pork, cucumber, tomato, onion, roasted sesame seeds, ginger, chili oil and red pepper topped with a pork or chicken cutlet; it can also be made vegan.