Restaurants & Bars 10

Santouka

yokozuna | Mar 27, 2006 10:05 PM

ok, I've been looking for good Ramen in LA for years now... who knew? Rickmond knew but I didn't know he knew until a few months ago. The locations aren't very good for me having to trek out to Torrance food court in the Mitsuwa shopping center... good ramen in a food court? *sigh*, Please... this is what I thought... until Sunday. OMG, best Ramen in LA... nay, dare I say it, in the States. Period. End of story.

1) Soup. Shio-tonkotsu. Hella good (I'm from Nor Cal). Very rich and the depth of flavor can only be compared to that of a real Japanese bowl of Ramen.

2) Noodles. Good. Not quite as chewy as you might like but for all the lack of Alkaline water that they have to work with in the states, it's pretty darn good.

3) Meat. Wow, melt in your mout Toro-tuna style good. 7 ir 8 slices of what can only be described as sliced up izakaya style Buta-Kakuni. So good.

I mean, are you kidding me? I never knew this place was this good in the 12 years I've lived in LA? I never tried this place out of the 50+ visits I've had to this food court simply bc I had a preconcieved stereotype that food court Ramen was hell on earth? It makes me want to cry thinking that I could've been eating this Ramen all this time and I went to Miyabi-tei instead.

Anyway, if you didn't know... you gots to go. The portions are a bit on the smaller side but given the richness of this particular style, it's more than adequate. Plus you can drive down the street to Pacific Square and have a Beard Papa cream puff!

I'm one happy jappy right now. Now, if I could only find a good shoyo and miso ramen place my quest would be complete.

Anyway, thanks Rickmond. Without you, I never would have tried this place.

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