Japanese Ramen Restaurant

The taste of Tokyo

Noemi Cardenas, Staff Writer

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The best thing about living in the bay area is that the possibilities of places to go have fun or be with friends and family are endless. There’s something that almost everyone can enjoy. This is no different with eateries. Outside of Oakridge mall, there’s a Tokyo-based ramen restaurant called Jinya Ramen Bar.

`My sister was quite excited to take my mother and me to Jinya. She had been there before and thought that we would like to eat there. When we arrived, it was cold and windy, there was even a line inside that was almost out the door. To my surprise, we got seated within 3 minutes of arriving which was incredibly fast especially since it was a weekend. Some very laid back and chill music was playing, making the restaurant very warm and open. The first thing that I noticed was that the restaurant was split into two dining areas. The first being the enclosed patio, where we were seated and the second being the dining room inside. The patio has a table with the centerpiece being a warm and cozy campfire. Inside, there are individual tables that can seat 1-4 people, although the tables can be arranged for larger groupings. There is also a bar where people can sit and drink all while observing how their food is made. The ambiance of the entire restaurant is quite chill and quiet. Very suitable for families, dates, or even singles.

The menu we were handed had a variety of ramen noodles, with each of the broths being made with pork, beef, or chicken. They also had vegan and vegetarian options, as well as rice bowls

I immediately looked at my sister on which ones she recommended. I took her advice into consideration but considering the fact that she’s vegetarian, I got a whole different plate. I ordered the spicy chicken ramen. All of the spicy ramen noodles range from mild, spicy, and hot. Mild is the least spicy and is extremely bearable for people with sensitive palettes such as my mother. Spicy is the next level but the change isn’t very drastic. I ordered hot, which is the highest but makes the ramen have a nice kick. The spicy chicken ramen is made from chicken broth and includes many vegetables, like, spinach, green onions, and spicy bean sprouts, all of which are served with thin noodles and chicken chashu.

Jinya has vegan and vegetarian options available


The taste was completely unforgettable. I was starving but when I had that first taste, I stopped eating completely. It’s indescribable. My body was in a state of euphoria and I could’ve been sitting there for seconds, minutes even before I took my second bite. Then another. And another. Before I knew it, I had finished my ramen plate and my hunger was more than satisfied.

My mother didn’t like what she ordered, but she had always been a very selective eater. A perfectionist in a way. However, my sister did. She finished her ramen so fast, I thought she ate everything in one bite. If I were to go again, I would order something entirely different and work my way through the menu. And that’s exactly what I did when I third-wheeled with my sister and her boyfriend. Honestly, I forgot they were there and spent most of the time with my face in my ramen bowl. It’s just that good.

Jinya Ramen Bar

3.5_ Jinya Ramen Bar review on Content _ Trello


Location:  925 Blossom Hill Rd #1637, San Jose, CA 95123

Contact: +1 (408) 281-9888

Hours: 11 am – 10 pm

Atmosphere: family friendly

Beverages: Lemonade, Hot tea, Coke, other sodas, alcoholic beverages

Reservations: No

Delivery: No


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