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Ramen in Llittle Tokyo?

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  • Missy Feb 9, 2011 01:23 PM

Hello all
I was in LA for a meeting about 5+ years ago and you all directed me to a fabulous ramen spot-I think it was in Little Tokyo-and I think it started with a D?
I'm back in town for another meeting and I would love to go back there, if it's still around and still good.
Otherwise I wowuld love to hear what my best ramen options are-I'm staying near the convention center. I can walk, cab it, or do the DASH bus.
Thanks!
Of this is a picture of me at the ramen place, if the background looks familiar.

 
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  1. That would be Daikokuya. Still there and crowded as ever. For Little Tokyo, I think that would be your best choice.

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

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    1. re: Ogawak

      Here is a link to their web site:
      http://www.daikoku-ten.com/

    2. Hey, didn't we run into you there? I seem to recall that we snapped that photo of you :)

      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster

        I don't know Mr Taster- were you tehre with your wife and then did we go out for pie and you all took me back to my hotel???
        If so-do you want to join me and my colleagues in a bowl tonight? (a bowl of ramen, I mean.)

        1. re: Missy

          I have a really vague recollection but yes, was with my wife (she's Taiwanese, though we weren't yet married 5 years ago) and we sat at the bar and started talking about how we found out about Daikokuya through Chowhound.... I really don't remember the pie or taking you back to your hotel, but that photo looks awfully familiar! (Don't know if I can make it out tonight but what time will you be there, just in case?)

          Mr Taster

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

          1. re: Mr Taster

            this little exchange here makes me happy :)

      2. Anybody been to Daikokuya's other locations? Hacienda Heights? Costa Mesa? How does it compare to their Little Tokyo location?

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

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        1. re: reality check

          I've tried the Monterey Park location and I like the LT one better.

          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

            BTW-I remember i got a very rick pork broth ith slices of pork in it-but I can't remember what type that was-what should we look for on te menu (I don't have very frequent ramen run-ins)
            It might have been salt flavored with extra pork?

            1. re: Missy

              kotteri broth = extra fatty/porky

          2. re: reality check

            opinions from years ago if it counts-

            costa mesa- soup not that good. not as much business either. the char sui was good

            monterey park- soup not as good as little tokyo. different taste and water on the thinner side. there's been speculation on yelp it has to do with the city's water. this is back from their soft opening. we went back numerous times because my lil sis loves daikokuya but couldn't go to lt

            hacienda heights- haven't tried but i read on yelp at one time it tasted better than monterey park.

            1. re: catbert

              p.s. the mp location is small.

          3. Daikokuya was good a few years back.

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

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            1. re: J.L.

              you don't like it any more????

              1. re: Missy

                Sadly, I think Daikokuya has gone downhill. The best ramen joints are currently in the South Bay, not Little Tokyo.

                BUT great food can be had in Little Tokyo (just not ramen)! Try Raku in Honda Plaza (corner of 2nd & Central).

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

                Raku
                424 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                1. re: J.L.

                  Do you include Ramen California as one of your best ramen places? I hope not, as Ramen California, was bland, bland, bland, and bland.

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                  Ramen California
                  24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                  1. re: reality check

                    I don't always agree with Reality Check, but I do on this one. Ramen California's experiments are laudable, but I just don't enjoy the results.

                    1. re: Peripatetic

                      I went to Ramen California a couple of months ago and the food prepared a little differently. It was not as good as I remembered it.

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                      Ramen California
                      24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                    2. re: reality check

                      No, I don't count Ramen California in my top 10. I was thinking more like Mottainai or Asa Ramen.

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                      Ramen California
                      24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                      Asa Ramen
                      18202 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90248

                  2. re: Missy

                    agreed, downhill on Daiko as of late. They're no longer a real contender in the ramen scene - good enough USUALLY but pretty damn inconsistent. I'd still rate it 6-7/10.

                    1. re: ns1

                      oh well-I live in a town where there was a 2 hour wait to get into IHOP after it opened. So mediocre ramen will be better than no ramen. I will be easy to impress.
                      Also-can't recall, but do they serve sake?

                      1. re: Missy

                        yes they serve sake

                        i would say it's GREAT compared to non-LA standards, but merely good by LA standards (without taking into account the wait, and excluding japan of course haha)

                        1. re: Missy

                          I wouldn't call Daikokuya mediocre. It's still very good, but if you were to spend a week here trying all the ramen places in LA, you would have a lot of fun. Dai is on my top 5 list but I haven't tried all the new places yet.

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

                  3. Last time I was there, I ordered with extra vegetables. I don't know, I thought, greens, spinach, cabbage...well, their idea of vegetables was green bell pepper. Blech! One of the things I cannot stand raw incorporated into something so subtle. It was all I could taste. So, unless this is a taste you crave, ask what vegetables they are using:)

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                    1. re: Fru

                      green pepper sound gross! But last night was a success. I had the plate of mixed pickes, a great cold sake, the regular ramen (w/o the extra fat...) I loved it, and it was a lot of fun to introduce my young colleague-who had never had any of this-to this new experience. He tasted the milky broth and was like "God. This is pure porky goodness" he really loved it!! So even though I only come to LA once every couple of years, I think it was a very worthwhile outing. plus, only had to wait 5 minutes! There weree 4 tables ahead of us, but we must have arrived just as a lot of tables were turning over.

                      1. re: Missy

                        Glad you had a good experience! By the way, my wife confirmed that we took that photo of you :) Sorry we couldn't make it out last night. How much longer are you in town? If you can make it out to West LA, please try Santouka shio ramen in the food court of the Mitsuwa market at Venice and Centinela. It's SO much better than Daikokuya that it's unreal...

                        Mr Taster

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

                        Santouka
                        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Get the #7 at Santouka!!!

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                          Santouka
                          3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066