Halu Ramen's interior was cute, but a bit cramped. Anna was saving us a table by the time we got there so we didn't have to wait any - sweet!
I ordered a strawberry Ramune "marble soda". I don't think I've had one of these since high school. I don't know if everyone has had one of these, but the basic concept is, the bottle has a little marble in the top, and you push it down with a little plastic ring, which forces the marble in the top area, and lets you drink the soda. The marble then rolls around when you tip the bottle up to sip. It's totally gimmicky, and the soda itself is not amazing or anything, but it's still kinda fun. I hadn't had strawberry soda in ages so it was a treat.
I ordered the small size Halu Ramen. It consisted of the broth, ear mushroom, green onion, bamboo shoots, a tiny amount of chashu, an egg and seaweed. The broth was super salty. They only gave me one piece of chasu, wtf. The egg was awesome though, worth the extra dollar to add it, as it was all runny on the inside. The noodles were much thicker than usual ramen noodles, like a cross between regular ramen and udon.
Anna ordered "The Works" plate on the side, for her ramen, which consisted of cabbage, ear mushrooms, chashu (more than I got, definitely, probably because they didn't try to hide it in the broth), corn, seaweed, bamboo shoots and spinach. This looked really tasty, especially all laid out on a plate.
This is the ramen that Anna ordered with her "works" plate, you can see some of the ramen noodles. She requested less salt in her broth, which was the way to go, I think. If I come back, I'm getting less salt for sure.
It was a cute little place but I like some of the ramen I've had in LA better, and of course, Japan. Still, those boiled eggs are awesome, and might come back just for those.
375 Saratoga Ave # M
San Jose, CA 95129