I recently visited the Buya Izakaya Ramen Japanese restaurant to partake of some ramen. When I entered the gentleman at the front desk was very friendly, professional, and welcoming. I think he may have been the manager. After he seated me I perused the menu and was thinking of getting a full order of ramen and possibly an Izakaya dish - mainly different vegetarian options. I ordered a beer and was going to order the full sized ramen and inquired if I could have a half order of the Izakaya dish (gai lin). The server suggested a half portion of the ramen and a half order of an Izakaya dish for $13 which was about the price for a full order of ramen. I said sure and opted for the only vegetarian ramen dish on the menu and an order of Gai Lin for the Izakaya part of the meal. I still hadn't received my beer and when I inquired about it to another female server my male server who I had ordered from had forgotten about it. When the food came the bowl of ramen was smaller than what I was expecting with a small pile of Gai Lin sitting next to it. The first piece of Gai Lin - which is a Chinese vegetable similar; but not quite like bok choy - was quite tough. The other pieces were much better. The soup broth was very tasty and I enjoyed the noodles which were not plentiful. Upon further reflection and when I saw the size of a full ramen bowl served to other customers I should have opted for the full size of ramen. When I received the cheque I noticed the beer hadn't been added to it. I asked my server about it who said because he had forgotten about it the beer was on the house which I thought was generous. In conclusion the food was very good if not plentiful - at least for the half orders - so I would have to give it a lower grade in terms of value. The service was very sketchy - read poor - but my server I think may have been used to mainly bar duties. This was no excuse; but will give the young man the benefit of the doubt. The female server I noticed seemed much better. I liked the décor and atmosphere and they have a full bar. I would return if ever again in St. Pete; but would order the full-sized ramen.