I am not a ramen maven, however I do enjoy ramen. My previous experience with ramen in LA has been Nippon Ramen, and I have been there several times, so my review of Koraku, on Ventura Blvd just east of Van Nuys Blvd, in the El Torito mall. where I dined last night, is with Nippon in mind. The site is simple, about 6 tables and a counter much like a sushi bar facing the open kitchen, so you can see all the cooking. The menu is extensive, with many ramen combos, rice combos, and other foods such as pork cutlets, etc, etc. I ordered Miso Ramen and what I thought was a combo with gyozo, but was brought a side order of gyozo, 6 pieces, instead. I thought the broth, when I first sipped it was good. It was hot, spicy and tasty. with chopped scallion greens and spinach adding to the taste. The noodles were another matter. As they sat in the broth they expanded in girth until I thought I was eating spaghetti. I found them flavorless and very doughy. As the broth cooled down it, the broth, completely lost its flavor. I thought the pork was just pork, nothing special, and the half egg floating in the broth did nothing for the dish. The gyozo were large, well shaped, lightly fried, and stuffed with a little meat and a lot of veggie. Again the dough was too doughy, and the dish was devoid of taste. Based on this experience, I prefer Nippon Ramen over Koraku. Pity, because Koraku is 10 minutes from my house. The bill was $12.25, including tax.