Okay, so I almost don’t want to tell anyone about the ramen pop-up, Ramen Gaijin, happening on selected Mondays at Woodfour Brewing (6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, at the Barlow). Almost.
But we’re so starved for good ramen in the North Bay, that word-of-mouth is traveling fast and BiteClubbers just gotta be in on it.
In July, Chefs Moishe Hahn-Schuman and Matthew Williams quietly started a every-other-week slurp-n-burp shindig featuring incredible bowls of handmade ramen with pork belly, bonito flakes, mushrooms, and lightly poached eggs. To boot, the curated menu also includes karaage (Japanese fried chicken) or donburi, an Asian-inspired salad and sorbet with yuzu curd, depending on the chefs’ whims.
They sold out the first two, and are expecting a fairly large crowd this Monday, for the third edition, which runs from 5:30 to 10p.m. (first come, first served with the waiting list opening at 4:30p.m).
But these ramen boys are just warming up, with another Ramen Gaijin slated for Sept. 8 at Woodfour, and are in the midst of planning several others at Sebastopol’s Forchetta and SHED in Healdsburg.
I’ll have more details and some mouth-watering pix next week (in addition to some details on some, but meantime, you can get this week’s menu and more details online at facebook.com/RamenGaijin.