We learned a couple months back that Iza Ramen had closed a deal to take over the former Squat & Gobble at 237 Fillmore Street, which shut its doors over the summer after 21 years. And now, as Tablehopper happily reports, chef and partner Ritsuo Tsuchida (who is also chef-partner at Blowfish Sushi in the Mission) is set to open the place tomorrow, Thursday.
Iza was born as a pop-up at Blowfish Sushi, and tried to snag a space in the Castro but that fell through.
Per Ms. Tablehopper:
[Tsuchida's] broth is a combination of chicken broth, tonkotsu [pork], and some bonito tuna and vegetable broth... Additional toppings range from spicy kimchi to black garlic oil.
The expanded menu also includes some izakaya-like bites, starting with snacks like housemade pickles, garlic edamame, and hot appetizers like takoyaki, chicken gyoza, and spicy mabo tofu, plus yakitori. Cold appetizers include salmon or Wagyu steak tartare with housemade potato chips, Wagyu tataki, and bincho tuna carpaccio.
Also, the Iza Ramen pop-up will be continuing for the time being, through November, on weekends, but will be replaced by another ramen pop-up in December.
For the first week, Iza Ramen in the Lower Haight will be open for dinner only, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will launch lunch service next week, Thursday, November 5, opening from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then again for dinner. Hours are subject to change.
Iza Ramen - 237 Fillmore Street near Haight - Opening Thursday, October 29