When it rains, turn to ramen.
Iza Ramen, which grew from a pop-up into a brick-and-mortar with their Fillmore and Haight location in October 2015, is set to open a second outpost just a year and some change later, this time in SoMa. Tablehopper tells us that the new spot at 1155 Folsom Street (in the former Triptych space) will be making its debut on Friday, February 10, serving dinner to start, with lunch soon to follow.
The lunch menu is already posted on the website, as is the dinner menu, featuring a selection of raw and fried appetizers like salmon tartare, chicken karaage, and takoyaki cctopus balls, as well as the ramen and rice bowls available at the Lower Haight location.
Iza offers just three kinds of hot ramen: the regular Iza Ramen with pork tonkotsu broth; tsukemen, which comes with a thicker broth and noodles on the side; and a vegetarian version. All are available in spicy and mild versions, and there's a cold ramen option too, which is more like a noodle salad.
Tablehopper says that the SoMa menu is expected to expand a bit with yakitori and kushiage skewers after the place gets rolling, perhaps because they have a grill here that they don't have at the other location.
And while there may be more seats at the new location, you can probably count on lines since food options in this 'hood are pretty slim now that Citizen's Band is gone.
In related, South Bay ramen news, LA's Jinya Ramen Bar has just opened in San Jose's Westfield Oakridge Center mall, according to Eater. For what it's worth, they say they use Fuji water to make their tonkotsu broth, which simmers for 10 hours, and they age their noodles for three days.
Iza Ramen - 1155 Folsom Street between 7th and 8th - Opening February 10 - Initial dinner hours: 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.