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Kawashima's Kitchen

San Francisco, California, San Francisco

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Kawashima's Kitchen

San Francisco, California, San Francisco

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Japanese Catering treat your teams to a custom and healthy meal, prepared fresh by a legendary Japanese Chef Kenichi Kawashima.
On-site ramen bar is open. We travel with our own equipment and teams so set up and cleanup is fast & easy.

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J
12 November 2019

Kawashima's Kitchen catered my wife's surprise (redacted)-th birthday party in our home. The guests GUSHED over the food. It was amazing . They are super easy to work with. Arrived exactly on time (super important in a surprise party situation), had everything as promised. More food than we could eat. Great value. Several guests asked for business cards so they might become customers as well. More...

H
16 August 2019

We had Kawashima's Ramen Bar catered for lunch today. They were amazing! I'm halfway done with my ramen but had to let Yelp know how good it is. The spicy tonkatsu broth is rich in flavor and the kimchi is perfect. More...

C
21 May 2019

I had the bento box with salmon glazed with teriyaki sauce, California rolls, Inari (tofu skin filled with rice), dumplings, brussel sprouts and very small sides. The meal was very well balanced, not too salty, and was definitely full at the end. Would definitely order from this vendor again! More...

M
11 February 2019

Kawashima's Kitchen was amazing.  Love their broth and ramen.  They are friendly, make amazing food.

T
24 November 2018

Best catering company in bay areaTry their ramen, you can thank me later :)

N
9 November 2018

This is catering!? A pretty solid 4 to me Lightly cornstarched tofu-- I've had tofu basicallly every single day this week, and this was my favorite rendition. Light soy / teriyaki flavor, with just a bit of pickles sprinkled on top to give it an intermittent crunch. 3.75/5Brussel sprouts in vinegar / soy-- a bit soft for my taste (I like my brussels crunchy), but the flavor was pretty alright. The middle wasn't quite flavored, but the outer leaves were good. They had sliced these in half to be easily forkable. 3.75/5Tofu and beef-- this looked like the kind of dish your mom would make if you were sick. Simple, homemade looking comfort food. Beef had been marinated a good while, and was sweet, easily chewable, and had lots of fatty parts hanging off the side. I thought the tofu was going to be of the softer variety, but it was still medium-firm. Slightly marinated. 4/5 sans tofuSalad was a-ok, with cooked / almost meaty in taste carrots (how?!) that added depth to the flavor. I normally avoid carrots when I can, but these definitely accentuated the salad. Salad was clearly fresh, and dressing gave good flavor (hard to tell what it was flavor-wise, but a rice wine vinegarette) 3.5/5The chicken was probably the weakest of the items, a bit on the dry side of things even though it was dark meat, and didn't particularly stand out 3.25/5. Brown rice was rice-- not overcooked and fluffy.Easily the most memorable Friday lunch I've had since starting my new job 4 months ago! More...

E
7 August 2018

A 5 Star Review!We had Kawashima kitchen for our office lunch catering and they blew our staff's minds. They really did go above and beyond with their service. They had the soups set up and COOKING on one side, then had the toppings on another side of the office, then utensils and everything on another side.  Terry was amazing and super friendly and made sure everything went well and that all our staff's stomachs were happy. Truly a unique experience for our office and we will definitely order from them again! More...

A
30 July 2018

Their ramen is incredible! They were very accommodating, offering gluten free broth and noodles. Very efficient and nice. So delicious ...I would definitely vote to have them again in our office. Our office manager did a great job with this one! More...

A
16 July 2018

Ramen day is the best day! Every time Kawashima's caters for us I am sad the next day I can't keep eating their amazing ramen. Finding good veggie ramen is tough, but their broth is thick, savory and delicious.Also the team is always smiling and friendly, which makes the food taste even better!I wish they had a restaurant I could go visit, but in the meantime, I'll just wait for ramen day at the office! More...

S
23 May 2018

Shinya Sugizaki puts on a great mobile ramen bar. His office catered lunch is divine - fresh and tasty. A favorite amongst our team at work!

N
7 February 2018

I cannot rave enough about Kawashima! They are a preferred vendor for my company and they go the extra mile to provide amazing food for our catered lunches. Our clients have shared that their hosted Ramen Bar makes office lunches feel like a party. Their staff is quick, efficient, kind, and engaging with guests. I'm considering using them for wedding parties as well...how fun would it be to have a late night ramen bar after dancing and drinking!?More about the food: The ramen is so fresh and unctuous. It fills you up, but isnt a gut bomb that makes you want to lay down and take a nap. Their Chicken is delicious, not greasy and full of flavor. The brussel sprouts can stand alone as a meal. Their orders are always packed neatly and labelled clearly (no sloshes or searching through un marked trays, yay!) portions are generous, orders are on time every time. SO important! Once on a rainy day they even helped our staff load up the food in the car for an extremely large order (100 people). Now its up to you to see for yourself! More...

C
13 January 2018

Tasty, and almost guilt free dining.  The brussel sprouts were so crispy and carmelized.  Sorry to the couple vegetarians in the office if I took too much, their brussel sprouts were addictive.  Healthy quinoa salad and tofu were other light vegetarian options that fellow omnivores could enjoy to balance out the meal.  I'd have to say though the quinoa salad was a bit odd with the quinoa and arugula mix.  The chicken teriyaki thighs wasn't drenched in an overly sweet sauce, and were skinless but still moist and almost tasted like white meat.  The sauce could've been a bit thicker though to stick to the chicken.  The only semi unhealthy item were the veggie gyozas due to being fried, but they had a spinach wrapper, and I hate shiitake mushrooms but the veggie filling which had shiitakes were so good & the flavors were well balanced; dare I say, if I hadn't seen the description card, I wouldn't have known the shiitakes were in the potstickers? If you need catering for your office or a party, and are looking for a taste bud satisfying yet healthy Japanese meal, I suggest Kawashima's Kitchen.  You won't be disappointed. More...

T
13 December 2017

This place has amazing ramen! Shinya delivered to our office, was polite, helpful, and created just an all around great experience.

J
13 December 2017

Solid catering experience with Kawashima's Kitchen! We had bento boxes delivered to our office exactly on time. Their salmon, chicken teriyaki, inari sushi, sushi rolls, gyoza, and brussels sprouts were amazing. Saved the brussels sprouts for last because it was just SO delicious and flavorful. How did they do that?!I'd love to try their ramen -- heard it's amazing. Wish I could order here more often / whenever I'd like, but they only do catering. Definitely ordering from this place again!Leaving this as a 4-star because I need to try the ramen :) More...

L
24 August 2017

They catered our work event and I really enjoyed their food. They brought many options but I got Teriyaki Chicken, Green Gyoza, Chicken Gyoza, brown rice and roasted brussels sprouts on my plate. The roasted brussels sprouts were probably my favorite out of the pack seeing that they were packed with flavor and seasoning. The green & chicken gyoza were both tasty and something I would put on my plate given another catered event but I probably wouldn't order them if I was buying my own meal. Lastly the teriyaki chicken and brown rice was a great combination, their teriyaki sauce is a lot thinner than lots of other sauces I have come across but was just as sweet. Overall a positive experience More...

J
16 May 2017

Kawashima's Kitchen is a wonderful catering service that provides a variety of Japanese food such as ramen!They came to do catering at my office on a Monday afternoon to feed hundreds of hungry tummies. They boil the noodles on the spot and then pour in either a spicy miso tonkatsu broth or a vegetarian soy-based broth depending on preference. From there all the toppings are self-serve such as spicy chicken, pork, kimchi, seaweed, green onions, tofu, etc. The ramen wasn't the greatest in the world, but pretty good for something made very quickly. The noodles were thin and long with a slightly springy texture for a good chew. The chicken and pork were absolutely great, being tender and well marinated. The broth was excellent as well with it have a good miso flavor and a slight amount of spiciness though it was missing a lot of the richness I expect in a tonkatsu broth. All in all, I enjoyed Kawashima's Kitchen quite a bit and would love to get to try more sometime! More...

T
1 March 2017

We asked Kenichi to cater our wedding, and it was such a great find! We let him come up with a menu (with a couple requests in there, centered around sushi) and he came back with an amazing spread that has people talking about our wedding food over a year later. He'll be the first person I'll go to whenever I have another event. More...

J
27 February 2017

I haven't even finished my bowl of ramen but feel the need to write a review.This ramen is AMAZING. They way they prepared the ramen is legit. They portioned out the ramen in advance, brought a big vat of simmering water, and dunked each portion of ramen in till it was at the perfect temperature and consistency to serve each guest as they walked up to the ramen bar. The noodles are the exact level of chewiness you want.Now the broth. I requested a mix: half of the spicy Tonkatsu broth and half of the shoyu. Wow, just wow. The broth is so rich and flavorful and salty and full of umami. And at the perfect temperature where it didn't burn me but stayed hot throughout my meal. All add-ins for the ramen were self-serve at the bar, except for pork and chicken which are served to you. Portions are perfect, and the add-ins are everything you'd normally find in a ramen bowl.I am impressed with Kawashima's Kitchen food, and equally impressed with their service. My only complaint is that they are caterers, and I can't go to a restaurant to get their delicious ramen! I would go all the time!! ;-) More...

R
26 September 2016

I've ordered food from Kawashima's kitchen quite a few times. Their food mad me and my guests happy. They have quality food in big portions and there's lots of items to select. We once used their catering service for 70 people. The delivery man set up everything for us. The food was great quality and they look beautiful. The cost---under 1k!! We also ordered their food to treat two foodie friends and one of them is Japanese. They loved the food! More...

J
24 February 2016

Overall, 3 stars for the food and 5 stars for the service, so I averaged it and gave them 4 stars. Service-wise, the staff was super friendly and enthusiastic, even making sure to direct us to the three different stations they had set up since we were all waiting at one station thinking that was the only line. They had two different broths (spicy tonkotsu miso or vegeterian shoyu) and meats (spicy chicken or pork - as well as tofu for vegetarians). I was even told that you could mix and match so I ended up getting half of each broth. But the pork looked much more appetizing than the chicken, so I stuck to that for meat (downside is they only gave three pieces per order). For garnish, they had seaweed, green onion, kimchi, and wakame. Taste-wise, the soup was decently flavored but seemed a bit light for ramen broth, but it could also be because I mixed the broths, so I didn't get the full flavor from either. Oh well, that's my bad. Mostly, I was disappointed with the noodles as they were way too soft for ramen noodles (not chewy at all). I chalked that up to the nature of them needing to prepare ingredients ahead of time (so they probably precooked the noodles then reheated them when serving) for catering purposes, but that definitely took a lot away from the dish. On the up side, the pork was delicious and I wish they had given me more pieces :) Oh, they also had some sushi pieces, but I was too excited about the ramen and forgot to try those. Overall, not the best ramen I have had, but not bad and definitely better than "fast food" style ramen I've had at food courts and the like. Top class service and solid ramen, so if you're looking for catered ramen, definitely give them a try! More...

H
10 April 2015

They catered a lunch at my office a few months ago, and had them back last night to cater a dinner. They are amazing! Not only is the food great, but he after cleaning up his workspace, he also stayed and helped clean up the kitchen and plates. Good food, and good people!

A
3 April 2015

Kawashima came in to serve our company of 70+ for lunch today and it was delicious!! We had a ramen bar that consisted of spicy tonkatsu and vegetarian soy broth with chasu pork belly, sambal spicy chicken and tofu. The toppings were plentiful and although some of my coworkers were not familiar with some of the options, they really enjoyed it too. :) I've never had ramen catered before and the quality and taste of everything was really great. It tasted better than some of the ramen spots in the city! Clean up was fast and they were really mindful of our space. I hope they come back soon! More...

A
29 December 2014

Had lunch catering from these guys last week, for ~40 people. Was really happy that they gave a lot of different dishes, many of them were vegetarian friendly. This included tofu, sushi, stir fried vegetables, rice, and salad. And there were a decent number of meat dishes too, so everyone in the office was pretty happy. Definitely would recommend to other large groups who are looking for asian food. More...

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Every meal that Kenichi assembles is unique. Choose the ingredients you wish and then we create the perfect menu.