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Nov 10, 2011 11:48 AM


desperate for good ramen in/near sherman oaks

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    1. Ramen Jinya in Studio City

      Ramen Jinya
      11239 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      19 Replies
        1. re: A5 KOBE

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

          1. re: Peripatetic

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

            1. re: Peripatetic

              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.

              1. re: ns1

                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.

                1. re: ns1

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


                  1. re: Dommy

                    Yup, no comparison.

                    Jinya > all other eggs

                    1. re: Dommy

                      Jinya special half cooked egg attached.

                      1. re: ns1

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


                        1. re: Dommy

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

                          1. re: ns1

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


                            1. re: Dommy

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

                              1. re: ns1

                                x2, not as runny this time.

                                1. re: ns1

                                  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... ;))



                                  1. re: ns1

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

                                    1. re: Porthos

                                      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...

                    2. re: ns1

                      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.

                      1. re: kainzero

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

                        previous review:

                    3. re: Peripatetic

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