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Debbie W. Jan 9, 2005 12:42 PM

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.

Kyushu Ramen
15355 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
818-786-6005

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    Ralph Jan 9, 2005 01:04 PM

    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!

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      wavewench Jan 9, 2005 02:16 PM

      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.

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        FOODCORE Jan 18, 2007 08:04 PM

        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.

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          Akitist Apr 8, 2007 05:46 PM

          Kyushu Ramen was great, a long time ago, when it was run by Hiroko. It became mediocre at best after she sold the place. Maybe it's improved recently, but I've heard nothing to indicate that it has. Nippon Ramen's a better bet, except for the parking.

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            caille en sarcophage Dec 26, 2010 09:28 PM

            Yeah, I love Nippon Ramen.

            Keep in mind it's cash only.

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          Japanesie Dec 24, 2010 07:34 PM

          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.

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            ns1 Dec 25, 2010 09:28 PM

            it reminded me of a japanese applebees

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            ebethsdad Dec 26, 2010 03:57 PM

            May I suggest Ramen Jinya, on Ventura just east of Eureka? It opened this summer, and I find it to be superior to Kyushu or Nippon.

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            Ramen Jinya
            11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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            1. re: ebethsdad
              Akitist Dec 26, 2010 09:18 PM

              Good call. Big step up from Kyushu Ramen. Less variety than Nippon but better broth. Service was glacially slow the times I've been there, though. Parking is ample, not always the case on Ventura.

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              Kyushu Ramen
              15355 Sherman Way Ste N, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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                reality check Dec 26, 2010 10:46 PM

                Perfect description of the service: glacially show. But, the ramen is very good.

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                  pizzafreak Dec 29, 2010 05:53 AM

                  I don't know when you were there last. When they first opened, the service was terrible, but now I find it much improved.I was there last on Dec 27. And the broth is really good.

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                    ns1 Dec 29, 2010 09:09 AM

                    been there 5-6 times in the past few weeks and each time it's slow.

                    we order to-go now.

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                maiweezy Dec 27, 2010 02:47 PM

                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.

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                Ramen Jinya
                11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

              3. LA Buckeye Fan Dec 28, 2010 10:24 AM

                I am by no means a ramen expert, but I like Kyushu Ramen for their ja ja mien. Spicyish ground pork in a pork broth with green onions.

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                Kyushu Ramen
                15355 Sherman Way Ste N, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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                  Galen Dec 29, 2010 05:04 PM

                  Kyushu Ramen's fried chicken is really good.

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                  Kyushu Ramen
                  15355 Sherman Way Ste N, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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                  Jerry P. Santa Monica Jan 5, 2011 04:15 PM

                  Good Food, very uncomfortable chairs in the main room. i don't go back for that reason. They are some sort of wooden torture devices.

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                    erikbrit Mar 19, 2011 01:26 PM

                    I find Nippon ramen to be bland and generally not worth eating. Haven't tried Kyushu but has anyone had the pleasure of Daikokuya in Little Tokyo? Ramen is good and they have a KILLER pork and rice bowl. The pork is everything pork can be when it's good. Yum. Gyoza are a pass there though. Jinya in Studio City is delicious- the best ramen I have found. Their original Tonkatsu is to die. It is rich and silky and full of pork flavor, and it's that good everytime. Koraku off of Van Nuys is pretty good too. They have good curry katsu and gyoza as well. In a totally different realm but along the lines of a noodle soup, has anyone tried mandarin Deli on Reseda? Killer beef stewed noodle with handmade noodles and to die steamed and pan fried potstickers!!!

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                    Daikokuya
                    327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    Koraku
                    314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                      Servorg Mar 19, 2011 05:08 PM

                      My favorite ramen is found at Santouka, by far. Just great, soul satisfying, beautiful ramen. I go for either their shio or their miso with extra pork. I always leave with a smile on my face.

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                      Santouka
                      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                        Akitist Mar 20, 2011 04:06 PM

                        Ramen Nippon has a varied selection. Some selections may be bland, but others are not. Spicy miso ramen is pretty zippy, for instance.

                        I don't rate Daikokuya very highly. Many Hounds feel similarly. Definitely not worth waiting in line for, as is often necessary.

                        We went to Koraku on Ventura once, never went back. They own the copyright on bland. I understand they have an LT location that is better.

                        Jinya on Ventura was good the times we went, but Mme. Akitist thinks they don't have a varied-enough menu, plus the service was soooooo slow. Ramen is fast food. Never tried the sides.

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                        Daikokuya
                        327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                        Koraku
                        314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                        Ramen Nippon
                        6900 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

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                          erikbrit Mar 20, 2011 05:19 PM

                          Any suggestions on a killer ramen place? What's your fav?

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                            Akitist Mar 21, 2011 02:22 PM

                            I'm not a huge ramen freak, but for me Santouka (Torrance location is the only one I've tried) was my favorite. If ramen broth could be called trenscendent theirs was. I'm mostly into the broth and noodle texture, less so about the add-ons (except that chashu needs to be good) and they scored on those points.

                            I happen not to share Carter's opinion of Jinya, but I didn't eat there that day and maybe he just got unlucky. I have issues with the menu and the way the place is run, but not the soup.

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                            Santouka
                            3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                          carter Mar 20, 2011 07:57 PM

                          Jinya, probably the most over-rated ramen. Broth has no flavor, unless you are looking for negative commentary.
                          Three of us went, and all agreed, would never return, especially for the ramen, yet rice bowl was nothing special either.
                          Interestingly enough, the sushi was the best thing we ate, which says way more than it should.

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                            ns1 Apr 14, 2011 12:55 PM

                            Not sure what Carter got but I like Jinya's ramen. Not the best IMHO but better than anything within 15 miles of Studio City. Absolutely horrid service though, probably the worst out of all the ramen joints I've been to. I just get it to-go now.

                            Major downhill on Daiko for the past 1-3 years (depending on who you ask). Mottainai butter corn miso is my favorite, followed by Santouka special pork. Have not yet visited Yamadaya.

                            Mottainai > Santouka > Jinya > (SSG / Daiko)

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                            LA Buckeye Fan Mar 21, 2011 12:00 PM

                            I have been to Mandarin Deli, and yes, for the area, it is pretty tasty beef noodle soup.

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                            Mandarin Deli Restaurant
                            9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

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                          Jerome Mar 20, 2011 12:34 AM

                          last time I was at kyushu ramen (which includes the restaurant next door) i liked the ramen fine but the izakaya dishes were quite good, the crab croquettes etc.
                          The house specialis the porkbone broth, similar to daikokuya. They do have miso ramen and shoyu ramen as well. Not a big fan of Jinya. Found the price to be quite high for what we were getting. The room was pretty, - snazzy actually. but i've had better on sawtelle or in little tokyo, and gardena is way above those in terms of selection.

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                            erikbrit Mar 20, 2011 12:39 PM

                            Hey Servorg! Can u tell me a bit more about Santouka? where is it and do you have an other order recommendations there? have u tried the curry or gyoza? Can't wait to try it.

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                            Santouka
                            3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                            1. re: erikbrit
                              Servorg Mar 20, 2011 12:51 PM

                              They have more than one location. If you look at the place link that I added to my reply to you it shows the location for the Santouka that is local to me (Mar Vista). They are ramen only I believe, but the Mitsuwa food court (small Japanese market chain in and around LA) at the Mar Vista location has other purveyors of Japanese food items such as gyoza, etc.

                              Menu Link: http://www.santouka.co.jp/en/menu/ind...

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                              Santouka
                              3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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