best Ramen on Sawtelle?
- Xericx Nov 1, 2006 11:15 PM
What's the best ramen-ya on sawtelle?
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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
)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.
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.