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Feb 11, 2011 03:51 PM

Ramen Recs in South Bay?

My husband and I are going to LAX on Monday Valentine's Day to pick up my mother in law's late flight return. On the way up there we'd like to eat good ramen in the South Bay area as our V-day celebration. We live down in OC so we don't get to go up to the South Bay often. Our favorite ramen is Santouka (which we have in OC). Any suggestions?


3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  1. 1. Mottainai
    2. Asa
    3. Yamadaya

    not necessarily in order.

    1. i won't recommend any tonkotsu, since you have santouka nearby.

      mottainai - miso
      asa - shoyu
      ramen california - masala curry with chicken, no lettuce on top (only version i like, and the only dish on the menu i'd order again)
      yamadaya - spicy, as hot as you can handle

      9 Replies
      1. re: aizan

        I love the Mottainai miso too.

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

        1. re: wienermobile

          Yes. Love that Mottainai miso ramen.

            1. re: ns1

              4Th that - 2nd that with "corn butter." Super-size it for a buck and change if you're hungry.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                5th that - With an "alpha bomb"...

                1. re: J.L.

                  Late, but I 6th the koge (charred) miso. Can't get that anywhere else.

                  I like mine with the white bomb (pork fat & blanched garlic). If you get there early enough, get the gyoza too. They only make a limited number of orders for lunch.

                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    That koge technique truly rounds out just about all flavor profiles that one would desire in that bowl.

        2. re: aizan

          When did Mottainai come on the scene? This is the first I'm learning about it. Is the miso the main specialty here? Miso ramen seems to be an afterthought on many ramenya menus in LA.

          Mr Taster

        3. Hakata Ramen on Redondo Beach Blvd. and Gramercy. They also have several related type places in the area on Western Ave and Artesia Blvd. Their Shinsengumi shabu shabu on Artesia is excellent.

          1. Kotohira-
            Sanuki No Sato
            Hakata -small gets crowded
            Matsui -owned by Sushi Boy
            many, many more...

            Kotohira Restaurant
            1747 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

            Sanuki No Sato
            18206 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

            Matsui Restaurant
            21605 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

            1. Yamada-ya, no question.