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Aug 15, 2006 02:58 AM

Best ramen in LA?

Just found the ex Union Center Cafe which has now been renamed Tokyo Cafe. Had the best ramen I have ever had in LA there and had a long conversation with the woman who owns it. She is from Kyushu and has been trying (she says unsuccessfully) to make ramen for more than 15 years. She now claims she has it right and I have to agree with her.

On Judge John Aislo (San Pedro St.) Just north of 1st street.

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  1. oh reallly? let me check up on that... =)

    1. try chabuya on sawtell near la grange and olympic. its located in that strip mall with mizu 212 and lollicup. it may be a bit salty, but the ramen chain is direct from japan ans pretty tasty. also asahi ramen on sawtelle is a good place for more classic ramen.

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      1. re: yosoyasian

        I like Santouka in Torrance better than Chabuya and Asahi put together... but I haven't tried Tokyo Cafe.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I'll take your Santouka, and raise you a Daikokuya in Little Tokyo... STELLAR!!


      2. well, if you head up the SFV there's a great place called Nihon Ramen on Reseda several blocks north of Vanowen. Really good ramen. they have combos with fried rice (excellent!) and gyoza.

        Daikokuya is really good too--different with a bit of a milky soup.

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        1. re: ladius

          Heya, I believe you mean Nippon Ramen, not Nihon. :)
          I used to go there everyday after-school *tear*.
          Truly a great bowl of ramen and definitely the greatest in the SF Valley.

          1. re: ray9x

            oops, i don't remember clearly. i just remember there's kanji on the screen in front of the door!

          2. re: ladius

            Ditto for Nihon, also tofu salad is a nice side there.

          3. lol here we go again... chabuya's new karakara ramen is a BIG improvement over their regular classic. worth a try for those who might have written the place off already.

            santouka is still tops for me tho. maybe i'm getting my hopes up over this tokyo cafe thing hehe...

            1. Tried Asahi Ramen and it's not as good as Daikokuya. I thought Daikoku Ramen was good until...