Kyushu Ramen - Van Nuys
- Debbie W.
Does this continual downpour make you want soup, or what?
We finally found Kyushu Ramen, located on Sherman Way just a tad west of Sepulveda, north side, in a little plaza with a Starbucks street-side. I tried the mabo ramen for $6.75, ramen noodles in a spicy red broth with large tofu cubes and ground pork...it was ok. Tofu was good, noodles were tasty, broth was not the best. Husband tends not to order noodles in soup, like he doesn't get pho at Pho So 1, and he doesn't get ramen at ramen shops. He got a dish of crispy fried thin noodles swimming in a light brown gravy with pork, shrimp, squid, veggies for $7.45, it was very much like the gloppy old fashioned "pan fried chow mein" that he likes, so he was happy.
Restaurant has a largeish menu, including various entrees such as tonkatsu, pork cutlet curry, deep fried chicken, tempura, etc. For you natto lovers, there's natto with chopped green onion, dried bonito and soy sauce, and natto over tofu.
Takeout menu indicates hours as 11:30am to 1:00am, 7 days per week. I think it would work well for takeout, especially for ramen, as it would remain steaming hot, and the place seems to do a decent takeout business.
15355 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Their Shoyu Ramen for $5.50 is about as good as
is available anywhere whether in the valley, Sawtelle,
Little Tokyo, etc....a tasty light shoyu broth and properly
textured noodles, with pork and spinach leaves....only wish they had the soup spoons with the nodules on the handle so one could lean the spoon inside the bowl
with out it submerging!
Kyushu has been my favorite for some years now. They've recently gone a little more upscale-getting rid of the menu that used to live on the walls in funny little cartoons-that chick was a funny bird. I don't think the neon sign that read "This is not a neon sign" made it, either.
Of course, this means prices have gone up, too.
My favorite is the Chanpon. Yummy! Seafood with pork or chicken, veggies and noodles in a rich pale broth.
My boyfriend likes the curried ramen, or the pork cutlet bowl.
Get a side of kim-chee. It's small, but it's good stuff.
While I like Kyushu Ramen, and the menu is fairly extensive, I much prefer Nippon Ramen a few blocks west on Reseda just north of Vanowen. I just went there for the first time this week, and was blown away. I read a review of someone raving about it on Yelp! and decided to give it a go. I took the review with a grain of salt, but it exceeded all expectations. Prices are comparable to Kyushu, but the food is better. Only downside for Nippon versus Kyushu is that the menu at Kyushu is far more expansive.
Kyushu is overall mediocre. The quality is similar to a mall-like experience. As a Japanese American who grew up in the Valley eating all kinds of Japanese and other good foods, it's disheartening to go to Kyushu and order something like miso saba where it of questionable quality and absolutely choc-full of bones. I never complain (and have been a loyal customer of the original owner and now the new one for years now), but for the first time, I did. And was berated in Japanese by the man owner. My recommendation is to search for other Valley spots or make the trip to Gardena or West LA where the food and service are respectively authentic and kind.
Small Island in Northridge now serves Ramen, if you're ever in that neck of the SFV. I found it very good and satisfying, much butter than my Kyushu experiences. I second the rec for Ramen Jinya - their chicken ramen is my favorite there.
11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604