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Ramen Jinya opening on Sawtelle?

Argyle Jun 21, 2011 11:58 PM

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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    epop RE: Argyle Jun 22, 2011 12:39 AM

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

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      Dommy RE: epop Jun 23, 2011 12:18 PM

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


    2. Akitist RE: Argyle Jun 22, 2011 06:57 AM

      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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        carter RE: Akitist Jun 22, 2011 10:22 AM

        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.

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          ns1 RE: Akitist Jun 22, 2011 11:20 AM

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

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            Porthos RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 01:29 PM

            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.

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              ns1 RE: Porthos Jun 22, 2011 02:48 PM

              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.

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                Porthos RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 03:29 PM

                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.

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                  ns1 RE: Porthos Jun 22, 2011 03:52 PM

                  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)

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                    Porthos RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 04:00 PM

                    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 :-)

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                      ns1 RE: Porthos Jun 22, 2011 04:04 PM

                      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.

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                        Porthos RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 04:51 PM

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

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                          ns1 RE: Porthos Jun 22, 2011 04:55 PM

                          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

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              linus RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 03:40 PM

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

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                cdub RE: linus Jun 22, 2011 03:49 PM

                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.

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                  ns1 RE: linus Jun 22, 2011 03:53 PM

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

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                    linus RE: ns1 Jun 22, 2011 03:57 PM

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

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                      ns1 RE: linus Jun 22, 2011 04:06 PM

                      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.

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                    ns1 RE: linus Nov 29, 2011 01:04 PM

                    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?)

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                  epop RE: Akitist Jun 26, 2011 12:08 PM

                  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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                  aizan RE: Argyle Jun 23, 2011 06:22 AM

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

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                    Servorg RE: aizan Jun 23, 2011 06:48 AM

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

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

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                    meg3325 RE: Argyle Sep 2, 2011 04:11 PM

                    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.

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                      Johnny L RE: Argyle Nov 29, 2011 09:07 PM

                      Man why can't we get more ramen in Little Tokyo?! It's the farthest I would go for ramen on a regular basis since I live in SGV and our choies are limited.

                      I hope they offer half bowls of ramen because with all the choices now I think it would be fun to do a ramen crawl when I do have free time for the West Side.

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                        meg3325 RE: Johnny L Nov 30, 2011 10:14 AM

                        There are a few places like Daikokuya, Mr. Ramen, Hana-ichimonme, but not as many as the Westside. Most Japanese and Japanese Americans simply don't hang out in J-town anymore. They live in West L.A. or Torrance. In fact, Koreans have pretty much taken over the area and that's been the case for some time now. Ironically, the food in J-town isn't that great anymore. Sawtelle is the "new J-town" aka Little Osaka.

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                          Johnny L RE: meg3325 Nov 30, 2011 10:32 PM

                          Yeah the only spots in Little Tokyo I think worth going to are the new Shin-Sen-Gumi branch, izakaya fuga, and Toranoko but even those aren't esteemed recommendations from me.

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                          J.L. RE: Johnny L Apr 3, 2012 02:20 PM

                          If you live in the SGV, you can go east and hit Yukino-Ya in City of Industry for an excellent ramen experience. Heck, I've been known to drive from the Westside to make the pilgrimage to City of Industry, just to have Yukino-Ya!

                          Also, Fujin Ramen in West Covina is usually quite good, but can be inconsistent.

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                            Johnny L RE: J.L. Apr 4, 2012 12:27 AM

                            Wow really? Now that I think about it why haven't I already tried it, it has 300 yelp reviews and seems everybody knows about it. Any recommendations? I've tried almost everything at Foo Foo Tei and have visited Fujin and Ton Chan a few times so I'd like to know what's good in comparison.

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                          Clyde RE: Argyle Nov 30, 2011 09:50 AM

                          I think this place is opening on Wilshire just east of La Brea in the old julios spot. not sure when, but i saw the sign yesterday.

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                            Servorg RE: Clyde Nov 30, 2011 09:58 AM

                            What place are you referring to?

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                              Clyde RE: Servorg Nov 30, 2011 10:30 AM


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                                Servorg RE: Clyde Nov 30, 2011 10:32 AM

                                Their website shows them coming soon to both Sawtelle and Wilshire Blvd. locations (including map links): http://www.jinya-la.com/ramen/locatio...

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                                  Mr Taster RE: Servorg Nov 30, 2011 10:35 AM

                                  MIRACLE MILE is getting RAMEN?!?!?!?!?

                                  And GOOD ramen???

                                  OH BOY!!!!!!!!!!!

                                  Ramen JINYA -Miracle Mile
                                  5174 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036

                                  Servorg, you've made my day with this news.

                                  Mr Taster

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                                    Clyde RE: Mr Taster Nov 30, 2011 11:11 AM

                                    ummmm, it was ME who noticed the ramen sign! haha. so glad we're getting MORE GOOD FOOD at miracle mile. mr. Taster have you tried Slow Fish yet? in the old cafe flourish spot? i eat there for lunch like 2x a week.

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                                      Mr Taster RE: Clyde Nov 30, 2011 11:29 AM

                                      Well then, it's you that have made my day :)

                                      Have not tried Slow Fish... I don't often travel beyond La Brea for lunch. What are standout dishes, and what's the cost for lunch? Only the Huntington Beach menus are posted on their website.

                                      Standout dishes to order?


                                      Mr Taster

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                                        Clyde RE: Mr Taster Nov 30, 2011 12:15 PM

                                        i dropped way too much for lunch one day trying their orange scallop appetizer (awesome), monkfish liver (they make it there, but prefer ponzu sauce instead of their garlic paste on it), and their fantastic sea urchin from SB. i've also had their hamachi scallion roll (yum), their eel bowl (not a huge fan of it b/c the eel was a bit fatty), i've tasted their dancing porky (korean bbq pork, spicy and amazing), but basically i stick with the sushi lunch combo or chirachi. for $2 it's worth it to add black rice. sushi is incredibly fresh, the service is outstanding. the only thing is that if you order for pickup and they tell you 15 minutes, it's going to be more like 25 most likely. bento box lunch special is a ton of food for $12, sushi lunch special is $12 ($1 more for spicy tuna roll instead of cali), Chirachi is $12, you can also smaller versions of the bento box meats for $9 or even smaller w/o soup & salad for $6.

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                                          Mr Taster RE: Clyde Dec 1, 2011 10:48 AM

                                          What a great find, Clyde!

                                          A colleague and I went yesterday and ordered the bento lunch for $12. We opted for the $2 black rice upgrade.

                                          Our meal consisted of miso soup, a rather lightly dressed green salad with crunchy toasted bits (this was the weakest of the lineup), 4 or 5 large pieces of competently fried tempura veg (I remember only asparagus, pumpkin & sweet potato) with the proper tempura dipping sauce and grated daikon. In one corner an intimidating black rice onigiri stared at me, sprinkled with white sesame seeds. To be honest, I hesitated at first at paying $2 for what seemed like a gimmick, but the black rice was truly delicious. It was not like a wild rice- It had the proper starchiness to hold together properly, and has a complimentary nutty, earthy flavor, sprinkles with salt. Delicious. Next was a generous service of "Dancing pork" (so named, our server told us, because it "dances in your mouth.") The pork was surprisingly tender, sauteed with onions in a surprisingly spicy sauce. The last dish was a sort of mini potpourri... your choice of any two of four offerings. I chose spicy tuna and gyoza. The spicy tuna was made again with the black rice, and the gyoza was deep fried. Neither was a standout, though it was nice to have another dose of the black rice.

                                          All in all, a great find. Will definitely be back.

                                          Mr Taster

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                                            Clyde RE: Mr Taster Dec 1, 2011 01:25 PM

                                            YES! I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! I've always gotten sushi there (except the one time i got the eel bowl) and it's always extremely fresh. my coworkers get the bento box and it looks amazing. good to know re: the gyoza. i get their spicy tuna in sub for the cali roll in the sushi lunch special combo and what i like most about it is that it's lots of tuna and not over saturated with rice.

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                                      Johnny L RE: Mr Taster Nov 30, 2011 10:34 PM

                                      OMG seriously? Both Sawtelle and Miracle Mile? Oh please expand to Little Tokyo too!

                            2. Mr Taster RE: Argyle Jan 10, 2012 03:40 PM

                              I've heard it's open. Heading tomorrow for lunch. Any reports?

                              Mr Taster

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                                Clyde RE: Mr Taster Jan 10, 2012 03:44 PM

                                yeah i was at the miracle mile spot for lunch today. not pleased. i got the veggie ramen and it was sooooo bland. it was a ton of salad greens on top, and in the broth was steamed cabbage, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower. i needed hot sauce. the noodles didn't have much flavor, the broth was bland... i've had better veggie ramen at mr. ramen in little tokyo. i have no idea how the regular ramens are, i assume they're way better. if you're gonna put veggie ramen on the menu, and charge more than the other ramens, then at least make it good :(

                                1. re: Mr Taster
                                  Servorg RE: Mr Taster Jan 10, 2012 03:56 PM

                                  Since your reply is to the OP which was about the Sawtelle location I guess I'm not really certain which location you are referring to? But Sawtelle is still not open. According to the Jinya website it's slated to open Feb. 5, 2012. The website does list the Miracle Mile location as up and running.

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                                    Mr Taster RE: Servorg Jan 10, 2012 03:59 PM

                                    Meant it to re in reply to the Miracle Mile part of the thread:


                                    Mr Taster

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                                      Clyde RE: Servorg Jan 10, 2012 03:59 PM

                                      I figured MR Taster was talking about miracle mile, but i'm not certain :)

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                                        meg3325 RE: Servorg Jan 10, 2012 05:08 PM

                                        Drove by Sawtelle today, but the place doesn't look open yet......can't wait to see the reviews here on Chowhound and Yelp.

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                                      chrishei RE: Argyle Apr 3, 2012 02:00 PM

                                      Does anyone know when they're actually opening? The website says 3/25, but when I drove by last night it looked closed. I was so sad I almost went to Ramenya...

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                                        J.L. RE: chrishei Apr 3, 2012 02:33 PM

                                        Tsujita has great tsukemen, Miyata Menji has tasty (albeit unorthodox) tuskemen, Santouka's kotteri broth ramen is outstanding. The Yamadaya ramen is excellent as well. The Westside Japanese noodle scene is already red-hot!

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                                          chrishei RE: J.L. Apr 3, 2012 03:00 PM

                                          I love Tsujita, and go there on a regular basis. But I am looking forward to a ramen place I can frequent at night on Sawtelle (I live within walking distance), and I really like the Jinya in Studio City (it's on par w/ Santouka IMO). I like Yamadaya too, but it's around the same distance from me as Santouka, and Santouka > Yamadaya.

                                          By the way, read your post on Miyata Menji. Looks...interesting (yes, I'm more of a traditionalist). Might try it one of these days though, if the wait at Tsujita is unbearable.

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                                          meg3325 RE: chrishei Apr 3, 2012 03:11 PM

                                          I've seen restaurants that never seem to open on time......it's like Waiting for Godot.

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                                            J.L. RE: meg3325 Apr 3, 2012 04:08 PM

                                            Tsujita was like that...

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                                              chrishei RE: J.L. May 16, 2012 03:36 PM

                                              Looks like it just opened this past Sunday...

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                                                epop RE: chrishei May 16, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                yes i think so

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                                                  Dommy RE: chrishei May 16, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                  Thanks for the heads up! I was there a few weeks ago and saw they were ALMOST there! Hurrah! :)


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                                                    taiwanesesmalleats RE: Dommy May 18, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                    Just FYI, I was in the area last night and they are temporarily closed by the city due to "illegal construction". No idea on reopen date.

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