ramen quick review: ramen zetton – costa mesa, ca

Another new ramen place in Costa Mesa! Zetton Ramen, located in a tiny plaza behind “the Camp”, is one of the only new ramenya in Orange County to not specialize in tonkotsu ramen (that’s exciting news!). They serve a regular and kotteri versions of a shoyu or shio ramen, a spicy miso ramen, and a tsukemen, and that’s it. It’s about time someone tries to bring good shoyu ramen to the OC. The friendly and helpful waiter explained that the regular ramen broth is cooked for 4 hours, while the kotteri versions stew for 10 hours. Let’s try the kotteri!

The gyoza was tasty enough, with a good amount of meat and chives(?), and it’s not too garlicky, but it had an overly sour taste to it that I wasn’t crazy about.

The kotteri shoyu ramen comes with green onions, a slice of nori, some sesame seeds, and a thick bacon-like slice of chashu. I also opted for an egg. The egg had great texture and a lightly marinated flavor, but the yolk was hard. Ah well. The soup was rich and oily, and the noodles were al dente. Good stuff. I wished I would’ve started with the non-kotteri version. There’s always next time. The chashu was good! I usually prefer the fatty, melt-in-your-mouth chashu that some ramen houses have, but Zetton’s chashu was chewy without being tough, and flavorful.

Costa Mesa seems to be in the midst of a ramen explosion (more reviews to come in later weeks), and I’m happy to see a non-tonkotsu entry into the race. Service is top-notch and friendly, and I encourage everyone to check it out.

Ramen Zetton
735 Baker St., unit B
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Tues-Fri: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Sat: 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Sun: 11am to 4pm

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