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Japanese Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 1:00 am
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327 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012
327 East 1st StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Ramen Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 1:00 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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2 weeks ago
4 stars for kotteri! I just realized that going out for ramen is pretty irrational when bags of it are extremely cheap in the grocery store. But I justify going to get ramen by believing that it will be higher quality, fresh, and make me feel like a manga or anime character or something like that. After all of the hype about this place, I thought it was just an average meal that didn't really stand out- it definitely wasn't worth the hour and 20 minute wait that I endured to sit a bar and eat a bowl of noodles. After waiting for over an hour on a Friday night, I was expecting these noodles to be amazing. My friends and I ordered and got our food pretty fast, but sadly my taste buds were disappointed. The broth is good and rich, but the noodles were plain, the pork was gross, and the egg was bland. The meal is a good deal cause I got the combo and got an extra rice and chicken plate to take home, but I'd rather have quality over quantity if I'm eating out for ramen. This restaurant has only 5-7 tables and a bar and doesn't take reservations. In my opinion, the wait wasn't worth it and the ramen wasn't life changing and definitely didn't live up to its hype. Santouka in Culver is wayyyy better, and I don't think I'll be driving downtown to this hole-in-the-wall.
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Michael Weissman
2 months ago
This is the standard for tonkotsu ramen around here. I actually think I've started to prefer everything else they offer: the salad, and the fried rice. Damn that fried rice. So good. And I'm a ramen guy, but I may just get the rice next time I'm here.
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Yosi Fischer
3 months 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
4 months 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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Brian Wu
3 months 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!
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Keith Downie
2 months ago
The tsukemen on a warm LA night was amazing. The hot broth was rich, vibrant and a great contrast to the cold noodles. Also the takoyaki served here come with the fish flakes! Definitely coming back!!
Daniel Lim
4 months 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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Ben Saltzman
3 months 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.