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Jun 21, 2011 11:58 PM

Ramen Jinya opening on Sawtelle?

Was poking around the internets and saw this:

Looks like they are expecting to open in September? Pretty amazing how many more options for ramen there will be on the Westside with Jinya, Yamada-ya, and Nidaime Tsujita all opening soon...

Ramen Jinya
11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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  1. I just hope they don't only offer pork broths. Ah, good times ahead.

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    1. re: epop

      Their studio city location is famous for it's chicken and mushroom broths, so it should be a nice change of pace...


    2. Haven't been to the Studio City location recently but while the ramen itself was quite good the service was "not ready for prime time". Food prep time was just really slow. I'd expect heavier traffic in Sawtelle and they would be absolutely overwhelmed unless they got their act together. Not sure they're quite clear on that concept, though.

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      1. re: Akitist

        Our experience was even worse, as the service was not good and the ramen was less so.

        In fact, the best thing the 4 of us tried was, of all things, the rolls.

        Would never returned based on that experience, which took place post-JG's early review.

        1. re: Akitist

          I've been there almost a dozen times and service is ALWAYS terrible. I only order to-go now.

          1. re: ns1

            You get the noodles to go at Jinya and you still think its a wash between Jinya and Yamadaya?

            Maybe you'll like Yamadaya more if you don't have to go too far out of your way :) Will be nice to do a head to head when they both open.

            1. re: Porthos

              yeah the texture of the noodles is terrible to-go but at least the broth is good. I have eaten there a few times, so I know what the texture is like fresh ;)

              I'll take crappy noodles + good broth + 10 minute drive (roundtrip!) vs good noodles + good broth + 80 minute drive RT

              That said, if I'm on the 110S heading to ramen, I'll probably stop by Mottainai for their miso w/ butter corn. Butter corn = epic.

              1. re: ns1

                Had the burnt miso at Mottainai. Broth was too thick for my liking. The chasu was fine slivers of near non-existance. Egg was cooked through. Not my first or second choice for ramen.

                1. re: Porthos

                  Funny, the egg has been a perfect soft boil every time I go.

                  Double funny that we both don't get optimal bowls of ramen when we go to each other's preferred ramen shop (re: my own personal reviews of yamadaya vs your own personal reviews of mottainai/jinya)

                  1. re: ns1

                    What about the chasu at Mottainai? Is it thin slivers or do you get slices of chasu with your ramen? I have never had ramen with julienned, chasu before Mottainai.

                    I'm confident once Yamadaya Culver City opens, you'll switch camps :-)

                    1. re: Porthos

                      the julienned chasu only happens with the miso ramen. you get normal slices with the tonkatsu. it was also my first time seeing that.

                      i actually like the broth so much I could eat it w/o chasu. the only chasu i LOVE is santouka & daikokuya.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Daikokuya? Even these days? Surely you jest NS1! ;-)

                        1. re: Porthos

                          As much as I hated what the broth has become, the chasu and egg still rocked. I think it was the only good parts of my bowl that day =X

            2. re: ns1

              again, something must be wrong with me. i have never had anything approaching bad service at jinya. i really dig the hakata ramen there.

              1. re: linus

                i also have never had bad service at jinya. the hakata at jinya is a big step down from yamadaya's kotteri in my opinion. had them on back to back weeks recently.

                1. re: linus

                  bad is a strong word. slow/apathetic is better.

                  1. re: ns1

                    fair enough. i have never had noticeably (to me) slow/apathetic service at jinya.

                    1. re: linus

                      we were once made to stand outside with 4-5 groups while many tables remained open (including the bar, which we requested to sit at (and got denied))

                      that was pretty much when I started ordering to-go.

                  2. re: linus

                    As a followup, I will say my last 2 visits to Jinya have been met with much improved customer service (although they tried to ask for our drink orders 3 times today. too much better than too little right?)

                2. re: Akitist

                  I trust that's true for you but I don't get it. I've been eight times and the service has always been fine, and quick. Now that I think of it there were little annoying things, like waiting to get the bill. But I really had no problem at all. And the ramen is fantastic.

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                  1. we should organize a ramen crawl one of these days. something weird is going on with these wildly inconsistent opinions.

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                    1. re: aizan

                      "something weird is going on with these wildly inconsistent opinions."

                      Damn right! That NEVER happens on Chowhound... lol

                    2. This is great news! That's why I love living on the Westside - cool Japanese markets and restaurants. As an added bonus, Torrance is just a drive up the 405.