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Jul 19, 2011 11:10 PM

what to get at asahi ramen on sawtelle?

i have a friend coming into town who really wants to eat here.

the problem is, i really haven't had anything i liked there. ive had the shoyu and the miso and disliked both. the shoyu was too salty and the miso was ehhh, boring and one-note. the noodles seemed overcooked both times. i had the summer noodle dish once, it was ok - but surprisingly, i liked the cold summer version at chabuya across the street a little more (and that place's ramen is overall a little worse than this place). if i want ramen on the westside, i invariably end up at santouka.

is there something im missing? what should i order, curry rice? i feel bad not really wanting to go there... but the wait is so long, and i cant figure out why.

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  1. Asahi Ramen is indeed meh.

    Tell your friend there is much better ramen to be had elsewhere (Santouka), and see if s/he changes his/her mind.

    If s/he is recalcitrant to the notion, then let your friend go crazy at Asahi Ramen, while you can try ordering something there you've not had before (like the curry rice)...

    This IS a predicament.

    Asahi Ramen
    2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    1. I've always gotten their "soupless" noodles...specifically their yakisoba with chicken. They also offer it with pork, but I haven't tried that version.

      1. I get Shio ramen there, but ya there is better food in that area..

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          1. Asahi Ramen is ok. Cheap, big portions.

            Across the street, Chabuya has a very good beef stew ramen - beef is incredibly tender and tasty, and stewed with root vegetables. Their spicy minced pork ramen noodles is also very good.

            2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Asahi Ramen
            2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            1. re: Ginger9

              There is a Chabuya near me here in Tokyo and the ramen is light, not oversalted, and fantastic.
              Is Chabuya well-regarded in LA?