The History of the Nombe Ramenburger®


The Genesis of the #Ramenburger was in late May 2013 during brunch.  One customer pointed out our sign outside, which separately listed the words "Ramen" and "burger," and said "Tell me about the Ramenburger". We were intrigued so we made a couple and invited a few regular customers and friends to try it out.    Thus, the original Nombe Ramenburger® was born!!


First covered by the SF Chronicle on July 12, 2013 (http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.[removed]com/blog/2013/07/12/nombe-[removed]unveils-a-ramenburger/) and predating the debut of the Go Ramen Ramenburger  (https://www.zagat.com/b/san-francisco/nombes-ramen-burger), the original Nombe Ramenburger® started with a 50/50 blend of our Nombe pork belly and Wagyu ground beef, and 3 different versions of sauces & toppings. 


On July 21st, we had a Karaoke themed pairing event with Momokawa Sake in support of Outside Lands 2013 with 2 versions, Miso and Shoyu.  (Man, the Ramenburger tasted awesome with the 20% alcohol "milkshake" of Murai Family Nigori Genshu Sake!) 


The culmination of our efforts came at the 2013 SF Street Food Festival on Saturday, 8/17, when we offered both versions of the Ramenburger with a vegetarian option to the wider public at the SF Street Food Festival. Our thanks to the 500+ people who waited 45 min to 1 hour to try them out!!!


The original Nombe Rambenburger® was named a Best of the Bay award winner in 2013 by the SF Bay Guardian (http://www.sfbg.com/specials/best-bay-2013-best-bun-noodlin).  In 2014, we were named one of the six best things served at the 2014 Outside Lands Festival (https://www.zagat.com/b/san-francisco/the-6-best-things-we-tasted-at-outside-lands)


To hear more about the history of the Ramenburger and Nombe (a trendsetting izakaya over its five year run, and named a Top 6 US Izakaya restaurant by Bon Appetit magazine in 2012), listen to Liam Mayclem interview Chef Mari Takahashi and Sake Sommelier Gil Payne on Foodie Chap (http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/08/08/foodie-chap-with-chef-mari-takahashi-sake-master-gil-payne-of-nombe/)


Now, we can cater Ramenburgers at your party!  For details please call Gil at 415.235.7745


We survived by working with Off The Grid and the City of

San Francisco, producing meals for food insecure elderly and homeless citizens.


Now, we want to kick off 2021 by doing something we do best:  making delicious ramen bento kits!  We took time off to focus on our work for these COVID19 relief programs, but will be offering ramen kits for sale on  February 5th & 6th.

LOBSTER RAMEN:  Continuing a tradition started at Nombe back in 2015, we are offering our scrumptious Lobster Ramen for Valentine's Day.  We will require orders to be placed by February 10th, and will offer pickup times on February 12th, 13th and 14th.  Check here for more details as the date approaches.  We will make a formal announcement with all the details on January 31st.







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