A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Review: Raku Ramen

Edgar Soria Garcia

Raku Ramen Cafe | 2424 Midway Dr., Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa | (707) 623-9668 | Most entrees under $20

4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves

Signature Dishes

The ramen, but also the rice bowls and sushi rolls. Notable are the Salmon Katsu, Edamame, Poke Don and creating your ramen bowl.


The edamame has grated lemon zest, which adds a slight tanginess and elevates the savory flavor of the bean. It is a must to start off a meal or snack. The ramen demands to be slurped; the broth is what adds an explosion of flavors in the mouth with subtle spiciness to give it a good kick.

For a more roundhouse-style kick, there are accompanying oil, paste and chili flakes. The “Build Your Own Ramen” is a great way to always get what you want, choosing which broth, toppings and type of noodle for your perfect ramen bowl.

The sushi rolls are nothing to write home about; although very tasty and not flavorless at all, the focus here is most definitely the ramen and rice bowls. The rice bowls are presented beautifully as if you were dining in. The soft rice alongside a crispy salmon from the salmon katsu bowl is definitely worth a little bit more on the splurge.

The Breakdown

Category What were we looking for? Score out of 5
Packaging Neat? Sustainable? Did they remember cutlery? Napkins? Condiments? 5
Hygiene Was clerk wearing gloves? A mask? Both? Neither? What were the pick up and waiting areas like? Clean/neat? 5
Speed and accuracy Food was on counter ready for pickup 4
Portion size Was it filling or were you left wanting more? 5
Leftovers Were there leftovers and, if so, did they reheat well? 4
Quality of Food Freshness, quality of ingredients 4
Tastiness of Food Flavor, spice and texture 4
Customer Service Friendliness, responsiveness 5
Overall Rating With 5 being a perfect score, this restaurant rated: 5

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About the Contributor
Edgar Soria Garcia
Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor
Edgar Soria Garcia is in his final semester at The Oak Leaf; he is the magazine editor for Spring 2020. He hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton in the fall to get his bachelor’s in journalism. Edgar would describe himself as Shangela acting as Jennifer Lewis on Snatch Game (Rupaul’s Drag Race). Edgar is known for quoting Suga Free: “If you stay ready, you ain't got to get ready.”

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