If you like ramen, good news. If you also like free stuff, make that good news times two. You can get both Saturday at the grand opening of Ryu Ramen in Fountain Valley.
Ryu Ramen is the brainchild of Ryu Isobe, formerly of Tatsu Ramen, whose locations in L.A. and New York attract foodies and celebrities alike. Even before honing his skills there, Isobe knew his ramen. Born in Tokyo in 1988, he left Japan at age 14, moving to Hawaii and eventually landing in California, where he went to USC.
During those college days, he scoured the region for authentic ramen but couldn’t find the flavors for which he yearned. Fast-forward to today, and there’s Ryu Ramen, which aims to bring Japan-worthy ramen to Orange County. A dedicated Noodle Room is where the strands-to-be-slurped are created, and all other ingredients are equally high quality. One specialty is the pork-based tonkotsu broth that takes 14 hours to make.
Ryu Ramen is in a soft opening phase from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly. Saturday’s official grand opening is set for 4 to 11 p.m. Oh, and about those freebies: The first 100 guests get free ramen. The next 100 receive free fried rice. And everyone gets 25 percent off ramen the entire day.
Ryu Ramen is at 10832 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley.