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Daikokuya coming to OC!!!!

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I just spoke with the manager at the Costa Mesa Marukai, he said that Daikokuya is scheduled to open in their food court on March 1st.

This completes the Ramen Triangle of Daikokuya, Santouka and Shinsengumi in Orange County!!

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    1. Glad to hear it. My current rotation of ramen places consists of Mentatsu, Kohryu, and Santouka. I'll be happy to add Daikokuya to the rotation when it opens.

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      1. re: Wonginator

        Wonginator, if you have to rate between Mentatsu, Kohryu and Santouka which is your #1, #2 and #3? :-)

        I'll add Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen of course among them, and if Daikokuya do open one in OC... I get a whole week of dinner plan set!

        I shall reward myself after the 40 days-fasting and prayer. By then my night class should be over and allow me to visit these cool spots for dinner day-by-day. I just bookmarked all their yelp-entries now :-D

        1. re: kelvlam

          I've only been to Kohryu once, and didn't order the Shoyu Ramen, which is what I usually use as a standard. I think I ordered whatever their daily ramen special was for that Wednesday, which had a sort of thicker beef-like broth and was OK, but I probably wouldn't order it again. I forget what it was called.

          I like both Santouka and Mentatsu, but would probably give a slight edge to Santouka. Last few times I tried to go to Mentatsu, it was slammed at lunch time, with people waiting out the door, so that's when I went to Kohryu and Santouka.

          Kohryu also had a line out the door at lunchtime on another recent attempt to go there for lunch. I like Shin Sen Gumi too, and enjoy the Hakata style broth, but it's just a bit further to drive to for a weekday lunch, so I don't trek out there as often.

          Basically, I like all three, and whichever doesn't have a line out the door that day, I'll go to. Of course, Santouka is in the food court, so I wouldn't expect a line out the door, but when that parking lot is full with no available spaces, then that's when I go to the other 2 places.

          But last couple of times I went to Mentatsu, I've ordered non-ramen items, and one item is called tenshin chahan, an egg omelet with shrimp, over fried rice, with gravy added for an extra $0.50. This dish was fantastic the first time I ordered it, and I got it a 2nd time when I went back for dinner, and everyone loved it. It seems to be a popular dish, because I saw at least 3 other tables order it (or the other version, tenshin-han, which is over white rice, but no gravy option) on the same night that we ordered it.

          As much as I enjoy ramen, I'm starting to order some non-ramen items, as they are very good, too.

          1. re: Wonginator

            You'd be surprised. I've had to wait ~40 minutes for my ramen at the CM Santouka before.

            1. re: mrhooks

              WHAT? 40mins in a food court?!?!?! :-s

        2. re: Wonginator

          Hey Wonginator,

          Is Mentatsu the same Ramen shop that was there about ~2+ years ago? (behind the Wahoo's Fish Tacos on Baker & Bristol)

          I remember going to a Ramen shop in that plaza around 2-3 years ago, and it was ~Ok. I enjoyed some parts of the ramen, but it didn't blow me away, and currently Santouka is the best one in OC, IMHO. Just curious if Mentatsu is with a different owner/establishment since I last visited.

          Kohryu: I'm not sure why people like Kohryu that much... IMHO it's nice that they have different varieties of ramen (vs., say Shin Sen Gumi's Hakata-style only), but the flavor combinations of the ramen I ordered (I went there 3 times) were all "unique" but didn't do it for me.

          Daikokuya: I sincerely hope they open up the OC location with a "renewed interest," since, IMHO the Little Tokyo branch has faded over the last few years. And the MSG overload the last time I went didn't help.

          1. re: exilekiss

            Exilekiss, I believe Mentatsu did replace another ramen shop that was there before. I forget what the previous place was called, as I had never visited it before.

            1. re: Wonginator

              Mentatsu's been there at least 2 years.

              Prior to that, the poxed storefront housed Harvest Yakitori, and before that, Dadami. Dadami's tonkotsu soup was good (not brilliant) but the home made curry that used that broth as a base was simply the best ever, anywhere.

        3. seriously?! I don't have to drive to Little Tokyo anymore?!

            1. thas awesome!! i <3 daikokuya.. and santouka of course. shin sen gumi's decent but i can't say much for kohryu and mentatsu, as i don't think they're good at all. wondering if the new daikokuya will have the full menu??

              1. Anyone been to Daikokuya yet?

                1. Hey FoodieKat and all,

                  I tried visiting it, but it's not open yet. :(

                  Spoke w/ the manager who was talking with renovators:

                  * She said, "Another 3 weeks or so." So I'm guessing end of March.

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                  1. re: exilekiss

                    Ok. I'll check back then. Thanks for the update exilekiss!

                    1. re: FoodieKat

                      I saw that it is open now - has anybody tried it yet??
                      It was $8.50 a bowl!! - that's at least a dollar more than in LA.

                      1. re: Zadok

                        I tried it a few weeks ago. The soup here seems less intense in flavor than at the Little Tokyo store. The base broth is nice and rich, but they didn't season it with enough with salt and whatever else they add to the broth. Had to add a wad of garlic and scallions to give it some oomph

                        On the day I went, they had no gyoza. Was told that they only have gyoza on the day when the owner is working at the Costa Mesa location, which sucks.

                        1. re: Professor Salt

                          Went back today for a late lunch. Soup today was much better than my last visit. It had the appropriately fortified level of seasoning, and the mouthfeel was a little thicker than last time.

                          Also, they had gyoza today. The filling didn't taste of dried shrimp like the version I get at Little Tokyo store, but it was still flavorful, the skin on the thick side compared to most gyoza (almost like a filled canneloni), and well cooked. Maybe they still need to shake out the kinks at the new location, but it's getting there.

                          1. re: Professor Salt

                            do U know how long the wait is during lunch hour?? do they have oyako don (combos) as they do in little tok??

                            1. re: namstermonster

                              Sorry, I went after 2pm, so can't comment on the crowd situtation at the peak of lunch service. My order (with gyoza) took a solid 8-10 minutes, and I was the only one there.

                              They had combos yesterday, but not on my prior visit. I got the ramen & 1/2 gyoza combo. Don't pay much attention to oyako don (don't especially like it in general), but I wouldn't doubt that it was on the 4 or 5 item combo menu.

                              My impression is they're still shaking out the menu and personnel issues at this new location. Just my casual observation.

                              1. re: Professor Salt

                                Try the shredded pork bowl some day that also comes combo'd w/ the ramen. Not sure why they call it "shredded" (at least the downtown one), as it's small chunks of kurobuta (at least, I think) over a bed of rice w/ green onions on top. Good stuff.

                  2. otay.. guess i'll wait for a bit then.. (work in newport so it's a tiny bit of a drive). thanks for the info good sir!! :)

                    1. No mention of the Costa Mesa branch on their website, so thanks for the tip. Went this weekend & the quality was at least on par with the downtown branch. But IMO, Santouka's (only been to the WLA one) miso ramen's a shade better than Daikokuya's Daikoku ramen. Can't put my finger on it, but just thicker, richer, more complete overall bowl. Clear nod to Daikokuya's pork bowl over Santouka's version though.

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                      1. re: pharmnerd

                        What's the address/location of the Costa Mesa Santouka? Thanks for the help in advance.

                        1. re: onedrummer

                          inside Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

                          Mitsuwa Marketplace
                          665 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA