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Jan 16, 2013 11:25 AM

Culver City Ramen recos?

Yamadaya? Santouka? I have also been told Tsujita is also good?

Tsukemen style is ideal...


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  1. I mispoke, Tonkotsu would be ideal...

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    1. re: swicks

      Tsujita is the hot rec for tsukemen
      Yamadaya is the hot rec for tonkotsu

      I still love Santouka shio w/ special pork

    2. Yamadaya, particularly the Culver City branch is about as good as ramen gets. Suggest the extra spicy tonkotsu done yamadaya style.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Does the egg also suck at the culver city branch? and by suck I mean greater than santouka worse than everyone else.

        1. re: ns1

          The Egg is still pretty good at the Culver City location... I read about your egg heartbreak at the other location... I would have been LIVID...

          If love your ramen egg, my current favorite is at Men Oh in Little Tokyo... absolutely stunning...



          1. re: ns1

            The egg at the Costa Mesa branch now sucks a la Santouka. My last one was cooked completely through.

            Time for Tsujita to expand down here and take away some business.

          2. re: Bob Brooks

            My last 2 visits to the Culver City Yamadaya have only been meh, but it's still a lot better than the Westwood one. Not as good as Santouka though.

            Tsujita is the current champ IMO, but it's not in Culver City...

            1. re: chrishei

              Surpisingly, lots of locals have mixed impressions on Santouka. Not surprisingly the people who dislike it prefer Daikokuya. Japanese natives think Santouka is better than most.

              I agree with you, Tsujita's tsukemen is the best. Tastes pretty much as good as places you'd find in Tokyo.


              1. re: andrew_eats

                Who are these "lots of locals" you speak of?

                1. re: ns1

                  people who live in LA, who post on yelp for instance

                  1. re: andrew_eats

                    opinion of hounds > opinion of yelpers 99% of the time. IMHO

                    1. re: ns1

                      Yes, in terms of great food knowledge. Nevertheless, mainstream customers matter, in terms of bringing in money.

            2. Yamadaya is conveniently located for us so we go occasionally, although I prefer my noodles to be thicker than their ultra thin style. I usually order a rice plate.

              Tsujita has ruined me for other ramen joints. Their egg is a heavenly wonder!

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              1. re: willworkforcheese

                You know, I tried Tsujita's noodles at their sneak peak at Mitsuwa and after reading your post... I couldn't recall having their egg... I even looked at the photos I took at the time and its turns out that they didn't serve egg!


                So I finally braved the crowds today and pulled up a bowl...


                The egg was beyond anything I ever thought a ramen egg could be... I LOVE that they keep it whole... it's like an lucious yolky bomb of everything that great about food... I can't wait for the Anex to open...