As soon as the sign went up on Cerrillos Road in the old Pizza 9 location, the social media world was ablaze. Was it true? Was a dedicated ramen spot returning to Santa Fe? Indeed—it was true, and from the family behind shuttered sushi restaurant Shohko. For our part, we were there as soon as humanly possible, enjoying the brief early days before a line out the door became common and reveling in the spoils of their efforts. Mampuku is wonderful, by the way, an authentic and darling experience in an unassuming space full of light and full of ramen. Thus far, personal faves include the vegetable ramen with miso broth ($10.95) and green chile tempura (an extra $2.50), which is cleverly served on the side to avoid potential sogginess. The meat eaters among us can't say enough nice things about black tonkotsu ramen with pork, a generous serving of noodles, broth and meat. Find appetizers as well, like good old standby edamame ($4.50) takoyaki ($5) and others, but make sure you time your visit to circumvent the obvious and overwhelming demand. Fingers crossed this one sticks around a long time.
1965 Cerrillos Road, 772-0169
Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday