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Japanese Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 12:00 am
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327 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
327 East 1st StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Ramen Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am – 12:00 amTuesday 11:00 am – 12:00 amWednesday 11:00 am – 12:00 amThursday 11:00 am – 12:00 amFriday 11:00 am – 1:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 1:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Rice bowls & ramen have customers lined out the door at this small, no-frills Japanese restaurant.- Google
"Once I saw Spicy Miso Ramen and Tsukemen on the menu, I was sold!"
"I recommend either the Teriyaki Eel or the Tuna Sashimi side bowls."
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Brian Wu
a week ago
Great food and pretty good prices. The line can be super long, but if you're craving ramen it's definitely worth the wait. You can always sign up and then walk around beautiful little tokyo. Grab some of those red bean cakes across the street or buy some groceries. I think the best thing to order are the combo and then to share with someone, unless you're really hungry. The one order is def enough. Enjoy!
Daniel Lim
a month ago
I want to give perfect score to this ramen bar. I'm not Japanese, but I strongly believe that I have lots of experience to eat Japanese ramen in the US.(NYC,Philly,SanFran). So, I know which noodle is better, which soup is not glossy, but nice and their's effort to boil the soup. I'm convince that this is the best ramen in my life. Most of ramen soup has disgusting smell that is from pork bone or chicken bone(some shop uses them). However, there is no smell like that and I know it is really hard to make good soup. They must use special method for that. Their salad also very nice, but personally, I don't like too much strong source in salad. Even though my appetite, this salad do match perfect with any food with rice. At last, I was really happy to discover this ramen bar even though I didn't find any information and I just saw this shop from outside.
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Rodney S
2 months ago
Piping hot ramen on a cold day, or so I thought (explanation forthcoming). Decided to hoof it down to Lil Tokyo before catching a matinee performance of "Backbeat" at the Ahmanson Theatre. I've heard the masses, some partial to Shin Sen Gumi, some partial to Daikokuya. So here it is - Enter the culinary deathmatch! I arrived around 11am on Saturday, with Daikokuya already being busy. Seating is minimal, with the bar and a row of booths, with one booth beside the door. The decor made the place seem like I was transported to Tokyo, with hipsters & businessmen sititng side by side, slurping every last bit of broth. The wait wasn't too long & I was promptly seated. Of course, I had to order the Daikokuya Special Ramen Kotteri-style for $8.95 Large bowl - check! Egg - check! Pork meat - check! Green onions - check! Piping hot - huh? My bowl of ramen was warm, not hot. I'm not sure if the noodles absorbed the heat of the broth, but the piping hot goodness was instead a lukewarm, mild goodness. Naturally, I have to add pickled ginger & garlic. I just about used all the ginger in the jar & most of the garlic. My ramen was rich, fatty, spicy & quite pleasant to the tastebuds. Lots of food to put down, even for a pro like me. Sitting at the bar, I had the chance to chat with a couple seated on my right. Seeing me take pics, I was asked if I was a blogger, to which I replied "Sorta" :) Now for the comparison - Having now had both Daikokuya & Shin Sen Gumi, I have to give the nod to Shin Sen Gumi. Reasons are- Customization - Shin Sen Gumi allows for diners to choose their toppings whereas Daikokuya is fixed. Seating - More seating is available at Shin Sen Gumi, which makes it more convenient for large parties. Taste - While Daikokuya was good, I think Shin Sen Gumi was that much more better. The temperature of the ramen probably played a factor, too. Daikokuya, your food was good, but if I was in the area again, I'd most likely head across the way to Shin Sen Gumi to see if the wait is shorter. NOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
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Antony O.
3 months ago
Once a decent bowl of ramen.... That was a rather long time ago I'm afraid! It might be because I never had good ramen before. The retardo line is amazing... next door has the best Udon in Los Angeles!! Go to the Daikokuya in Monterey Park! You can thank me later!
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Yosi Fischer
a month ago
First of all, I don't eat pork (only pepperoni.. .is that Kosher?) Most everything here has pork. I guess asking for no pork on Ramen ia like a asking for no grapes on a glass of wine. I loved it and you can taste the almost créamy flavor of the broth. I recomend you do a thorough menu selection on their website prior showing up, because you are not going to have much luck asking to many's like ordering at Canters in Fairfax but with much younger servers. Order, eat it, love it and get the hell out of the place since there are probably 10 couples waiting aside to be sited....on a slow day. This place has the top Rating in LA for Ramen
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Pauline Cao
a month ago
Yummm. Def did not like this place the first time I had it years ago. They only offered one type of ramen back then. I felt that it was super bland and had things I needed to pick out. The only thing I liked was the chicken and egg bowl lol. As years went on, I kept hearing how good it was though but, refused to try it again. Fast forward to this friend mentioned Daikokuya having good reviews and seeing how I always choose where we eat, I decided to just let her choose. Once I saw Spicy Miso Ramen and Tsukemen on the menu, I was sold!!! What We Ordered - Spicy Miso Ramen with a Salmon Sashimi Bowl - Tsukemen Ramen with a Chicken and Egg Bowl Yumm! The Tsukemen Ramen was good! The broth wasn't extremely salty like Tsujita. However, the Spicy Miso Ramen was better! I will definitely get that next time! The Chicken and Egg Bowl was not how I remembered it. The rice was overcooked and mushy, heavily soy sauced, and sweet. I will be back for the Spicy Miso Ramen!!! :)
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Tara Carberry
2 months ago
Overrated. I went here once for lunch on a Tuesday right after opening to try this much-beloved ramen. I went all out and tried the kotteri ramen. Not impressed. Far too fatty and the flavor was unremarkable. I've had much better elsewhere AND I certainly wouldn't wait in the crazy lines this place is known for.
Ben Saltzman
a month ago
I went during the day to avoid the lines at night. Cash only. I had their famous ramen soup. The broth lives up to the hype.