Tam Tam Ramen Heats Up Mill Valley
Whole Foods Market and its longtime in-store sushi partner Genji give the people what they want with the opening of Tam Tam Ramen in Mill Valley.
Answering the prayers of many ramen lovers (including ours) for a closer-to-home source of steaming, slurp-worthy goodness, Tam Tam, named for Marin’s beloved Mt. Tamalpais, opened in early January. Two doors down from Whole Foods’ East Blithedale Avenue location, the ramen shop offers responsibly sourced, MSG-free and simply delicious ramen, as well as bao sliders filled with chicken, pork or shrimp, pot stickers and other Japanese-inspired small bites, and an interesting array of beer, wine and sake. Kid-friendly drink options include a soda fountain filled with organic, non-GMO and naturally sweetened sodas in flavors like root beer, lemon grass, cucumber, blood orange and coconut from Idaho-based Tractor Soda Co.
This is not Genji’s first ramen venture, and the new location offers their classics such as Yuzu Chicken (a lighter option), Original Tonkotsu, Spicy Miso Tonkotsu (our current favorite) and vegetarian-friendly Veggie ramen. Special ramens developed for the Mill Valley shop include Truffle Snow Crab and Tam Tam Ramen, their take on a classic tan tan-style ramen with a rich tahini spicy tonkotsu broth and ground pork. The fresh ramen noodles for all the varieties are sourced from Yamachan, a family-owned business based in San Jose.
It didn’t take long for the good word to spread, and the lines can be long at peak hours. Call ahead for take-home orders, and let the staff know if you want your ramen hot and ready to go, or ask to have the noodles and broth packaged separately to be reheated later. Either way, they’re sure to warm you up no matter the weather outside.
415.381.3900, ext 401