Underbelly Ramen House (Little Italy)

A couple months ago, my nephew flew into San Diego for comicon. He wanted to grab some food nearby so we headed to Underbelly Ramen House in Little Italy. The restaurant is on the smaller side indoors with a counter area where you order, surrounded by a few tables. They've also got additional seating in the open window bar seating and some tables on the other side of the restaurant. You have to go back out and around after ordering to get there. We also got these metal plates with your order number stamped out.

We started out with the Pork Belly Buns. This was my half out of two pieces. It is a nice tasty chunk of meat and accented with pickled cucumbers and fresh greens. They use a ginger hoisin mayo which gives it a little sweeter flavor. These come on steamed buns that are thick enough to hold the rest of ingredients like pita bread.

Nephew got the Underbelly Ramen, one of the most popular items. The bowls here come with a good amount of ingredients. It also comes with dumplings!

I got the Belly of the Beast Ramen, another popular item. If you like meat, this one is full of it! The sausage on the left was pork-based and the other cuts of meat were tender and flavorful. Overall, a tasty meal with family. Perhaps I'll come back with Dennis since ramen is one of his favorite dishes. They also opened a new location in North Park recently.

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Underbelly
750 W. Fir St
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 269-4626

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J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats's picture
Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:38pm

Ooh I like how much meat you get with the ramen. I've heard mixed reviews about Underbelly though, how do you think it compares to other ramen places in SD like Tajima and Yamadaya?

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:16pm

I don't remember being wow'ed by the broth or anything but I was kinda going for the meat for that particular meal. And yea, it's a little more expensive than the other places. I still prefer Raman Yamadaya over this. Haven't tried Tajima yet.

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:30am

Oh they have pork belly buns! I've been looking for places that have the bao buns so now I want to check it out. I heard about their whole "no spoons" thing which makes me feel iffy about it. But I'd go for pork belly bao!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:55pm

I think pork belly buns can be found at a bigger chinese restaurant. I didn't know about the no spoons thing though. Now I wonder how I ate my food that day. Maybe I did notice but just forgot already!

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 4:22pm

How fun that they have dumplings and sausage offering for their ramen! I've heard great things about this place but didn't know if it was worth the extra drive out when Convoy ramen places are just so much closer to me. How was the parking that day?

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:58pm

I've heard mixed reviews lately. The food is a little more expensive compared to the others and I wasn't particularly impressed from what I remember. I believe the meats were good though... I think we got parking quite close that day but it was also mid-afternoon, like 3pm.

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