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ASA RAMEN - brand new hidden gem (review)


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ASA RAMEN - brand new hidden gem (review)

rameniac | | Oct 30, 2007 06:17 PM

alright 'hounds, I haven't been this excited about a local ramen shop since... well, santouka? asa just opened in the place that was once bistro laramie. it's a tiny little ramen shop that totally feels like it's out of japan, not in the gardena ramen "old-guy-with-a-cauldron" way but with that rustic-modern aesthetic that is all the rage and really speaks to the attention to detail that shop owners over there put into things. most amazingly, the ramen is just as superbly well-crafted; they use a proprietary hakata-style noodle that is light years away from anything the other ramen shops have in town. the soup is not "quite" orgasmic yet, but it's only been open a month and the place doesn't even have a sign up. (i'm hoping it stays that way). by day the shop is boarded up and looks like absolutely nothing. they flip out a large wooden board at night (just like in japan!) and from 6pm - 2am, it's pretty much one of the top ramen shops in town. i'd say it's 2nd only to santouka (but santouka is a large chain, ultimately)... this place definitely pwns daikokuya and even hakata ssg. but that's just my opinion.

be forewarned, portions are on the small side (japan-sized lol) and it can be a little pricey. two bowls + a few toppings + takoyaki + a beer ended up a little over $30. actually, now that i think about it, that's pretty reasonable these days.

go go go now! and don't tell jonathan gold lol. the place has like, 3 tables and an eight-seat counter. if the daikokuya denizens get wind of the place there it'll be a 3-hour wait before anyone gets seated. aw, heck. chef kubo will be happy at least. crap, i just ruined it for myself, didn't i?