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Jan 28, 2011 09:10 AM

Yamadaya: What to Order?

The two again-recent topics below have me hungry for ramen. If we venture out to Yamadaya, what do you recommend? :: A question for the ramen experts... :: Focus. Dedication. Greatness (In The Making). The Delicious Ramen Noodles of Ramen Mottainai [Review] w/ Pics!

Thank you! =D

EDIT: I realise that Yamadaya's menu is fairly small, but any input is better than none.

Ramen Mottainai
1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite #9, Gardena, CA 90247

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  1. i've only been once so i haven't really had the chance to explore the menu. i had the shoyu tonkotsu with kakuni. it was very good. i actually like the thick noodles they have there. they have a good karage on the menu too.

    i found out yesterday, as i was waiting outside, that they close mid day between lunch and dinner. something to keep in mind. no note of it on their website or even their door.

    1. I recommend the "Yamadaya all stars" with the tonkotsu option or the shoyu tonkotsu option. Spicy miso was far less stellar than the first two. I usually get the extra portion size which includes extra chasu and kakuni along with a whole soft boiled egg. If you have enough support, the chicken karaage is pretty darned good. You can pass on the rice bowls. I prefer the thin noodles. Get one of each!

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      1. re: Porthos

        Correction, there is no such thing as spicy miso. It's spicy ramen which is the tonkotsu broth spiked with red chile paste of some sort which you can request the degree of spiciness from 1-3.

      2. I usually go for the kakuni (pork belly) tonkotsu ramen (with thin noodles prepared katamen), but most people I know think that's too much fat for one person in one sitting. Their paigu is good too, as is the chicken karaage (though don't expect Izakaya Bincho goodness). Don't forget to ask for the garlic press.

        1. Thank you for the suggestions! Hopefully, we'll make it out there this wknd. =D

          1. So I went to Yamadaya this weekend based on Portho's review...

            1. Yamadaya all stars, thick noodles, tonkatsu broth
            2. Yamadaya all stars, thin noodles, tonkatsu broth
            3. Kakuni ramen, thick noodles, tonkatsu broth

            1. Broth - Better than Daiko, DIFFERENT from Jinya. Yamadaya reminds me of how Daiko broth USED to be - a bit creamier/whiter. Jinya reminds me of what homemade tonkatsu tastes like (or at least what it tasted like when the GF made it) - both offer that lip smacking fattiness at the end.

            That said, I still prefer Santouka's tonkatsu broth to Jinya OR yamadaya.

            2. Noodles - nice that they offered a choice between thin/thick but no comment one way or another.

            3. Chashu - My kakuni was tender and delicious. My friends' chashu tasted old and tough.

            4. Egg - better than santouka, not as good as jinya or daiko.

            5. Other - fresh quarter sheets of nori are great. Fresh pressed garlic is also great. Cash only = FML

            Final Verdict:

            Good but not second coming of christ. Mottainai butter corn miso still my favorite, closely followed by Santouka special pork.

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            1. re: ns1

              That said, I still prefer Santouka's tonkatsu broth to Jinya OR yamadaya.

              Funny you mention it. I was at Santouka (Costa Mesa) a few weeks ago and felt that I no longer enjoyed it as much as a bowl of ramen at Yamadaya...especially considering that the noodles, chasu, and egg were superior to Santouka (assuming you give the edge to Santouka for the broth). Taking into consideration all the components together and the bowl or ramen as a whole, Yamadaya is my favorite these days. I stopped going to Mottainai (skimpy chasu) and Asa (too hit or miss and too salty these days).

              Glad you liked it.

              3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

              1. re: Porthos

                Yamadaya v Santouka

                Broth: Santouka
                Noodles: wash
                Egg: Yamadaya
                Chashu: Santouka (BY A MILE!)

                Probably went on an off-day re: the chashu but still. I probably gave it the highest marks in our group, my friend probably listed it as #4-5 in his rankings.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    It didn't add enough to the ramen for me to drive out of my way for it, and NoHo -> Torrance is a long freaking drive.

                    maybe you hyped it up too much for me =P

                    1. re: ns1

                      maybe you hyped it up too much for me =P
                      Guilty as charged!

              2. re: ns1

                Don't want to niggle the spelling, but you won't be doing yourself any favors if you ask for tonkatsu soup.

                Tonkotsu = "pork bone," as in, what adds body and marrow-fat to the tonkotsu soup.
                Tonkatsu = "fried pork cutlet." Sometimes served at ramen shops. I believe Yamadaya has a rice and tonkatsu lunch special.

                1. re: Professor Salt

                  I don't ask for anything, I just point