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dro1 Nov 10, 2011 11:48 AM

desperate for good ramen in/near sherman oaks

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  1. Servorg RE: dro1 Nov 10, 2011 01:07 PM

    Ramen Jinya in Studio City

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    Ramen Jinya
    11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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      A5 KOBE RE: Servorg Nov 10, 2011 01:10 PM

      Second that.

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        Peripatetic RE: A5 KOBE Nov 10, 2011 01:18 PM

        Open-and-shut case. Not my favorite ramen, but it's good, and I don't think there's any better in the Valley.

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          cdub RE: Peripatetic Nov 10, 2011 01:24 PM

          ditto. with that said, it's worth the drive to yamadaya especially when they open in westwood.

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            ns1 RE: Peripatetic Nov 10, 2011 02:20 PM

            What Peripatetic said.

            Don't go to kyushu ramen - it's terrible. I don't understand the hype regarding ikemen ramen.

            Driving to Santa Monica for Santouka from Sherman Oaks isn't so bad.

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              ns1 RE: ns1 Nov 14, 2011 10:54 AM

              Went to Jinya yesterday after a short break. Been to several ramen shops in the interim (santouka, ikemen, yamadaya)

              Jinya has risen to #2 on my list, tied with santouka. Yes, Santouka has better chashu BUT the egg at Jinya is so much better than Santouka's it's not even funny.

              Checked out the chicken won ton ramen and was quite impressed! Similar taste to the chicken meatballs you get @ yakitori, except in wonton form.

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                Dommy RE: ns1 Nov 14, 2011 01:27 PM

                Have you tried Yamadaya's Egg? Theirs is my favorite among the Ramen joints...

                --Dommy!

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                  ns1 RE: Dommy Nov 14, 2011 01:36 PM

                  Yup, no comparison.

                  Jinya > all other eggs

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                    ns1 RE: Dommy Nov 14, 2011 01:44 PM

                    Jinya special half cooked egg attached.

                     
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                      Dommy RE: ns1 Nov 14, 2011 04:32 PM

                      Thanks for the pic! I don't remember it being that lucious... will have to go again! :DDD

                      --Dommy!

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                        ns1 RE: Dommy Nov 14, 2011 04:35 PM

                        Yup, secret is to get the half cook and not the full cook. They've been VERY consistent with regards to their egg.

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                          Dommy RE: ns1 Nov 14, 2011 11:02 PM

                          So you have to specifically ask for it... it's not on the menu? No wonder...

                          --Dommy!

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                            ns1 RE: Dommy Nov 15, 2011 09:20 AM

                            it is on the menu, but there's 2 types of egg listed (full cook and half cook)

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                              ns1 RE: ns1 Nov 29, 2011 01:17 PM

                              x2, not as runny this time.

                               
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                                Dommy RE: ns1 Nov 29, 2011 03:28 PM

                                Still nice... very similar to Yamadaya... (Were you can order the salad to get an extra egg and not feel like a total egg glutton... ;))

                                https://twitter.com/#!/Dommy_in_LA/st...

                                --Dommy!

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                                  Porthos RE: ns1 Nov 29, 2011 05:59 PM

                                  Looks overcooked to me! Definitely more cooked than Yamadaya this time, especially with that totally cooked rim. Your first picture looked much better.

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                                    ns1 RE: Porthos Nov 29, 2011 06:08 PM

                                    It was definitely more cooked than last time. Not as runny - probably the "hardest" I've seen the half cooked egg. I would not call it overcooked - I ate all the runniest parts of the egg by the time I took that picture.

                                    Still great though :) No lines @ 11:45 today - I no longer feel the need to leave the SFV for ramen. Also, being the only real player in town with chicken ramen is now an advantage to someone like me who is really played out on tonkotsu (I no longer crave Santouka...)

                                    Anyway, we still need to do a CH ramen crawl! I'd love to go to Yamadaya again, but I'm in no hurry to go to Torrance/Culver City to do so...

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                    kainzero RE: ns1 Nov 30, 2011 05:33 PM

                    I thought Ikemen's Johnny Dip with the Tomato and Basil was fantastic and the best of the tsukemen that they had. It's not very traditional but it was delicious.

                    I'm not sure about their ramen though.

                    I feel like most of the eggs served in ramen here are really inconsistent. I've had both really delicious, perfectly cooked and runny ones and overcooked, not very well flavored at Yamadaya and Mottainai.

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                      ns1 RE: kainzero Nov 30, 2011 05:38 PM

                      3 of us went to ikemen, 3 of us won't go back.

                      previous review:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807417

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                    Johnny L RE: Peripatetic Nov 14, 2011 02:54 PM

                    Yup Jinya is your best bet in the Valley! Try their chicken based ramen, have always been trying tonkotsu soups but the chicken based broth there is great especially with some wontons!

              2. Bob Brooks RE: dro1 Nov 10, 2011 04:31 PM

                Koraku on Ventura near Van Nuys is quite decent. Not as good as Jinya but technically in Sherman Oaks.

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