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Nov 1, 2006 11:15 PM

best Ramen on Sawtelle?

What's the best ramen-ya on sawtelle?

Domo Arigato!

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  1. ironically, it might be ramen-ya on olympic

    1. Can't remember the name off the top of my head, but the place next door to Sushi Tenn is very good. Better, as I recall, than Asahi Ramen.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        I think you're talking about Chabuya.

      2. There's a new place next to Mizu 212 that imo is better than Asahi Ramen.

        1. 1. Long-time best: Ramen-ya, a few blocks west on Olympic. Solid, sort of homey. Definitive homemade chashu, terrific shrimp omelette, excellent cold noodles. Maybe a little bit Americanized, and not the most sophisticated ramen, but always immensely satisfying, in that can't-stop-drinking-the-bowl sense like at the end of the film "Tampopo."

          2. Coming up strong: Chabuya. Chabuya is more self-conscious, aiming for a more aesthetic and refined experience. This did not work too well at first. Consensus is the place has improved a lot over time
          (see this thread:
          )and I do respect what they're doing there, but I have to say I have just not had the same ultimate sense of satisfaction when I've eaten there.

          3. Left behind:

          a. Asahi, which used to be premier, but seems deficient anymore compared to the above.

          b. One could say the same of Yokohama, and

          c. I never did like Kinchans much although the inside does sort of *look* like a steamy place you might find on a back street in a provincial Japanese town. Some folks argue for the superiority of the broth here but it just doesn't do much for me.

          1. Other than the sometimes saltiness of the broth, I think chabuya is by the best on sawtelle. I believe they have toned down the saltiness a bit.

            Ramen-ya and Asahi are really not very good compared to the Shinsengumis and Santoukas in So Cal.

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            1. re: sumo10

              Yeah, Chabuya, Ramen with SOUL...


              1. re: Dommy

                I love Chabuya too, but it's always empty compared to Asahi Ramen. I think Chabuya just can't compete in terms of pricing and portion sizes. I like to go to Chabuya, eat their modest bowl of noodles, and have room for a side dish or a dessert later. But, invariably, I find myself eating at Asahi because everyone else wants to pay $3 less and have twice as much food.

                I don't dislike Asahi, I just resent the long wait and the fact that I always end up eating there. Grrr.