Chasu Ramen at Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai in Costa Mesa

There are limited parking spots and several other busy establishments that share those limit spots. The other shops in this plaza are a pizza joint, bar, Manpuku, liquor store, Yaki Tori izakaya,  and an ice cream shop. At peak times, parking could be a pain.

The ramen menu

Their history

The Chasu Ramen, with that signature pork placement on top. The noodles are chewy and soft.  They are hand crumpled giving them a distinctive curliness and texture.  The broth is light and flavorful. They hand prep their chashu pork daily using special cuts of pork and simmer in an imported soy sauce for hours. They place the chashu on top of the broth in particular pattern. You’ll know it when you see it.  I can’t wait to come back.  Make sure you check out my video at the end of this post.

Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai


Monday – Sunday 11AM–9PM




  1. Leif

    Great post! About to run out of SF shops (sort of kidding). I’ll need to start checking out LA shops. Hear there is some legit tsukemen in LA.

    I do a ramen blog too

    1. Post

      Yea, there is tons of stuff down here. It’s great. I moved out of SF in 2016 to LA. My ramen obsession didn’t really kick in until I moved down here. What’s your favorite in SF?

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