I've posted a few times on Hinotez' Japanese breakfast, first when they had started and another update sometime after. All other subsequent asagohan meals there were either mentioned randomly in a ramble post if not at all since there weren't much new to cover.
When I had tried their ramen during the first month of opening
I thought it was in need of a little massaging but overall decently
(at least for San Diego standards, and at least if they kept with
consistency...). But what I always thought would be neat was if they
extended the service to breakfast hours. While the culture of Asa-raa or "morning ramen"
have been only distinct in a couple limited cities in Japan, the trend has
been gaining popularity in Tokyo for a few years now. I had been
bugging one of the waitresses and another person with ties to
the owner of Hinotez about this without much success... until just a couple months
We'll have to see how this
pans out in the long run but I personally feel it's a clever use of
minimal investment to make the restaurant more unique in the area. So
now aside from Vietnamese Pho or Mi, I have another option for soup noodles in the morning, and that's a good thing.
So one morning I
got the Shoyu Ramen with extra negi. Not bad for $6.50 and the extra
green onions were only $0.50 more. The lighter assari style of the bowl
fits nicely for the time of day while the Shio would be another good
alternative maybe. If someone were inclined to go more hearty, the full
ramen menu is offered (miso, tonkotsu, etc.). Hinotez' full updated breakfast menu here.
new items I've tried was their Saba no Shioyaki. Relatively the more pricier
single item at $3.50 but was a nice portion. The only bummer is as with
the Salmon which I've had a few times in the past you can tell it is
reheated on a pan. These simple salt seasoned fish taste astronomically
better when actually grilled, and it wouldn't be that hard to do with
those inexpensive stovetop ceramic mesh grillers.
found the Tamago-yaki very attractive for only a buck. Lightly sweet
and I could taste a good amount of dashi used. While I do feel I'm
pushing my luck some, if they'd now only fry an egg for me I'd be
grinning an even happier smile (I've asked multiple times without luck).
Because drizzling some soy sauce over a sunny-side egg on rice is probably one of my favorite things to do. All my Japanese friends agree. C'mon Hinotez, make us feel loved! ;)
Aside from them I had second tries of the mini soba as well as the ginger pork side, Japanese curry. More my usual though is natto. Fyi, there are parts of Japan where natto is
not commonly eaten. Its dislike by most people of Kansai region are
fairly known. I've personally learned to love the stuff a long while
back after hanging with one of my sister's ex-BF's who's family was from Tokyo.
had a conversation with friend recently regarding Tororo grated
mountain yam, how it's probably not a very typical thing had for
breakfast in Japan. But we often find ourselves ordering it because we
like it so much. Similar with the Onsen Tamago
which is not convenient to make in a home setting, especially during busy mornings. I've
had them more for breakfast at rare stays in Japanese hotels or ryokan
maybe. Which then makes it even more neat to know that if you happen to
live in San Diego, your fix is only a quick ways drive to Hinotez. :)
Hinotez Japanese Restaurant, 7947 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111