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DAIKOKUYA - amazing ramen, but avoid after 6pm at all costs

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DAIKOKUYA - amazing ramen, but avoid after 6pm at all costs

PapaSlurp | Mar 9, 2007 04:41 PM

DAIKOKUYA has the best, best ramen. The best. It's so damn good. I want some right now.

Whenever I get the crave, I always go over there. And I'm always SUPER hungry. And I always end up waiting for a seat for well over 45 minutes.

The problem is that THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for the wait to be this long. Regardless of the fact that there is a full house and a dozen or more parties waiting to sit down, none of the staff hurries nor appears frazzled. One of the booths opens up? Well, you'll just have to wait for the single busboy to go clear it off. Oh but the busboy is also in charge of the register. And monitoring the wait line. Everyone's waiting forever to sit down, and the full staff just takes their sweet time. Then a single girl will walk in, ignore the long waitlist, speak a few words of Japanese to the host, and instantly get a counter seat. Invariably she'll block out two other seats on either side of her, and the servers won't have the foresight to ask her to scoot down.

I always walk out well-fed and frustrated. I fantasize about the management realizing how much more money they could be making if they hired two extra bodies, or if they got someone who understands volume and turnover to go pull some drill seargent stuff.

Definitely go, but go for one of those late 2pm lunches.

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