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Dec 15, 2008 05:29 PM

Koraku Ramen - Sherman Oaks

I bow my head in gratitude that this authentic Ramen house has deigned to establish a presence in my little neighborhood.

The decor is as authentic as anywhere in town and the noodles are fine. While it may not be as good as Santouka, it's more than good enough. I highly recommend the #41 from the hot and spicy portion of the menu.

It's located at 14425 1/4 Ventura Blvd. Shared parking lot with Iwata Sushi and El Torito.

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  1. #41 being? Any other recommendations? When we tried the place soon after opening the food seemed bland in the extreme. Maybe we should give it another try. Our usual is
    Ramen Nippon on Reseda Blvd, but Koraku is a good bit closer.

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    1. re: Akitist

      Yeah, I was pretty happy when they opened up somewhat close to where I lived at the time. But while they have a lot of ramen options including some intriguing ones (motsu ramen for example), nothing really stood out, and I agree that "bland" was the operative word. If there was anything on this board that came recommended there, it was the tenshin chahan (fried rice omelette covered in gravy). I tried that and agreed-- I would get that and a side order of beef tongue and be fairly satisfied. As far as ramen goes, the other Valley options are better in my opinion (Nippon, Kyushu), but all in all I'd usually head over the hills to get ramen instead of staying in the valley.

        1. re: Akitist

          #41 is Gekikara Miso Yasai Ramen, Pork and Vegetables with Hot spices in Miso Based soup. Trust me, this is not bland!

        2. Same as Koraku in Little Tokyo?