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Ramen places in San Fernando Valley?

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Ed Apr 15, 2006 05:10 PM

Any good ramen places in SFV?

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    DIana Apr 15, 2006 08:23 PM

    ON Sherman Way west of Sepulveda is a great ramen house called Kyushu Ramen. Try the Chanpon, it's my favorite.

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      Debbie W. Apr 15, 2006 08:28 PM

      I don't think there are many ramen places in the SFV, period. The one that gets the most consistent notices here, and that I patronize regularly, is Kyushu Ramen on Sherman Way just a tad west of Sepulveda in Van Nuys.

      It's kind of a funny set-up in that there's one side with formica tables and too-bright lighting, and another side with somewhat more atmosphere. I'm not a ramen expert, and it's definitely no Daikokuya, but it's pretty good. I particularly like the chanpon, and the "small" chanpon is lots of food.

      Kyushu Ramen actually has a fairly large menu with lots of items in addition to ramen, including tempura, sushi, various entrees like pork cutlet curry, rice bowls, and after 6pm there are even more items in an izakaya-style menu. The takeout menu says open 7 days, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. They do a good takeout business too.

      Kyushu Ramen
      15355 Sherman Way
      Van Nuys
      818-786-6005

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        Diana Apr 15, 2006 10:08 PM

        Yeah, like I said..Kyushu ramen. But I guess two positive (and redundant) reviews is better than one in terms of convincing people to go there.

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          Debbie W. Apr 15, 2006 10:42 PM

          Yeah, sorry. Your rec wasn't up when I was writing mine, otherwise I might not have bothered, and then when I posted, you had just posted. I think it's interesting that we both recommended the chanpon, though. I actually also like the rice bowl with the pork cutlet atop, and sometimes the spicy fried squid legs (only available after 6pm), and my husband really likes the Korean-style short ribs which are also only available after 6pm.

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            Diana Apr 16, 2006 09:41 AM

            Oooh, the pork cutlet is DIVINE! Too bad the poster wanted ramen, but Chanpon is loverly too! I've never tried the short ribs, I will have to next time. The curried thing is pretty good, too. I also like what they can do to whole fish.

            Just a nice place. I do miss all the fun cartoons on the walls, though.

            The cartoons came down, and the prices went up!

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        jackt Apr 16, 2006 02:02 PM

        went to kyushu for the first time last night around 9.30pm and was very unimpressed. looked promising when we walked in and scoped the large menu. but then it just went downhill. the food was off and the service was horrible. i finished my entire meal and my wife's dish hadn't even been served. spider roll was burnt. a lot of dishes were bland. we brought two friends adn were a little embarrassed by it.

        there is a good japanese noodle shop in reseda south of roscoe and north of vanowen. i forget the name of it but it's on the northwest corner of one of the intersections off reseda in the corner of a strip mall.

        another good place japanese place is hatano on parthenia, about half a block east of tampa. their noodles are very good, the katsu-don is very good, but the sushi is just so-so.

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          tenom Apr 16, 2006 04:07 PM

          The place you're thinking of on Reseda is Nippon Ramen!

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          Otito Gojito Apr 17, 2006 05:32 AM

          For ramen, it is Nippon Ramen on east side of Reseda, one block south of Hart. Having prowled Ramen Alley in Sapporo, Hokkaido, I can authoritatively advise you to go to Nippon Ramen, try the shio or wakame (seaweed) ramen and do not bother with Kyushu Ramen (unless you can go ten years ago).
          Nippon Ramen is a treat: food is always good, service is that unique Japanese blend of perfunctory politeness and speedy efficiency and they leave you alone while you eat. On a hot day their cold (hiyashi) ramen is divine.

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            Raihan Apr 24, 2006 11:37 PM

            I will also put my vote in for Ramen Nippon (it is on Reseda, slightly past Sherman Way and across the street from Arby's). It is the best ramen in the valley. It actually reminds me of the year that I spent in Japan (Sapporo)...which is my way of saying that it's pretty damn authentic. Kyushu Ramen (on Sherman Way), oddly enough, does everything else well except for the ramen, which I find kind of "blah."

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              encore889 Sep 18, 2006 04:14 AM

              Nippon ramen owns! Never had a bad experience ever! Everything is authentic. (There are no "non-japanese" chefs in the back!)

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                FOODCORE Jan 18, 2007 08:27 PM

                Couldn't agree more about Nippon Ramen. It's head and shoulders above any ramen I've had. I was there this past weekend and I had the spicy miso ramen with a side of gyoza. Awesome!

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                kure Sep 18, 2006 05:50 PM

                I used to eat at Nippon Ramen alot when I worked in the SFV in the late 90's. Sadly I haven't been out there in a long time. I'm glad it's still around!

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                  Jerome Sep 18, 2006 07:42 PM

                  Kyushu ramen has a nice bar, good sake selection. The kyushu bone-broth ramen is ok. The other ramens (miso-based, soy based) not so good. fun thing for friends who don't know much about japanese food is the TV with the whole menu on a video loop.

                  1. wizardx Jan 30, 2007 08:23 AM

                    Being in the valley I just had to check out Nippon Ramen , I have to say despite the detractors
                    http://www.rameniac.com/resource/comm...

                    I thought it was very very good , I had the spicy miso and an order of (8) gyoza , highly recommended, however I do want/need to check out Daikokuya and Santouka ramen, any suggestions on what to order? Although I really enjoyed the miso I would love a real authentic (beef/bone) broth flavored ramen.

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                      rameniac Jan 30, 2007 03:25 PM

                      maybe i just was at ramen nippon on an off-day; i'm sure i'll give it a second chance eventually but it's so far away it'll definitely be a while.

                      ramen isn't typically made with beef, although there might be a few places around that have something. ajisen ramen (the new york and possibly the san gabriel branch) might have a ramen topped with beef, but it's pretty mediocre stuff. try santouka; it's a pork bone soup but it's excellent.

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