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Jun 5, 2013 10:21 AM

Shin-Sen-Gumi coming to Little Osaka (Adjacent?) on Sawtelle

This following news that Daikokuya is moving into Jinya's space (

It'll be above Santa Monica Blvd., so it may technically be out of Little Osaka's nebulous borders.

Having been to neither Daikokuya or SSG, the feeling I get is that the latter is better than the former. Thoughts?

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  1. Wonder why they decided to lease a place so far north since the "action" seems like it starts at Plan Check and then goes southbound. Never tried SSG or Daikokuya, so looking forward to a taste test of both.... =)

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    1. re: ilysla

      Agree - it isn't a good spot at all. But I live VERY close to there. Will probably still go to Tsujita x2 though...

    2. How much you like SSG 100% depends on how much you like their ramen noodle (straight kind, not curly kind).

      I personally don't like it, so for me Daiko > SSG by a long shot. Don't get me wrong, I'd kill for an SSG in Burbank, but it's my least favorite of the better ramen joints.

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      1. re: ns1

        I like both straight and curly noodles in my ramen, though I prefer the curly by a smidge. Like ilysla, I'll look forward to trying both!

        #firstworldproblems: "my least favorite of the better ramen joints." :-)

      2. There was a time when Daiko was good (years ago). I tried it at the beginning of the year for the first time in years and it was pretty awful...couldn't finish the bowl. Not that I'm a fan of SSG but I'll take that over Daiko.

        1. SSG has a sign up now on the building! Saw it this morning

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          1. re: guavagirl

            Wish it was SSG yakitori, we have enough ramen in the area.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              ramen has reached critical mass, the problem has already started fixing itself.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                They could bring their yakitori menu, no? Daikokuya Westside is getting good press for their don, as opposed to their ramen. SSG Westside can hopefully do the same with their yakitori.

                1. re: PeterCC

                  Totally agree w/ you guys, wished it was the yakitori (and/or shabu^2). We don't need the ramen pool to be diluted on Sawtelle - unless they're doing this to add more ringers to their annual softball match vs. Asanebo/Shunji...

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    "good press for their don" - can you explain more Pete? I have - perhaps unfairly - switched Daikokuya to my mental "Send to Trash" settings and avoid reading anything about it.

                    1. re: Ciao Bob


                      If I recall correctly, chrishei seconded (to me, not on the board) the sentiment that their rice bowls are chow-worthy, but I dunno if you can trust that guy...

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        Their "shredded" pork bowl is in fact very chow-worthy.

                        1. re: JAB

                          Does anyone know what their hours really are at Daikokuya Sawtelle? Site ( says 11a-2p, 5p-12a, but I've driven by at times when they should be open, both during the day and in the evening and haven't seen them open. Are they still in "soft open"?

                  2. I consider Daikokuya and SSG the McDonalds and Burger King of the west coast ramen shops. They're solid and consistent but hardly exceptional...and i doubt the more serious Sawtelle Strip contenders have anything to fear. Have to admit though their late hours will most likely have its fans.

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                    1. re: Xan7hos

                      that's the way it is now, sure, but sure as hell wasn't the way it was 10-15 years ago.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Agreed...and there are certainly places that are worse. read "unauthentic": Asahi Ramen on Sawtelle and Aji-San come to mind

                        1. re: blimpbinge

                          only if you live in LA and have copius amounts of ramen options, due to the ramen explosion that's happened in the past 5-6 years. it's all relative.

                          1. re: ns1

                            sure but even then, mcdonalds and burgerking?

                            1. re: blimpbinge

                              who knows, maybe he's a resident of japan and has access to "the goods". sure as hell way better than McD or BK to this hound's tastebuds.

                              1. re: blimpbinge

                                It was more a testament of how much of a chain they've become ...within a 10 mile radius I have at least 3 Daikokuyas (Arcadia, Monterey Park, Little Tokyo) and at least 2 SSG that I know of. Hell I was just driving next to a Daikokuya delivery/inventory truck on the freeway the other day.