Showing promise in West Los Angeles: Kotoya Ramen It's currently closed (the official launch date is August 21), but several hounds made it to the soft opening.
Like most new ramen joints, Kotoya features a tonkotsu (pork) soup base. The miso ramen has a very distinctive flavor, with a good amount of spice. It comes with very tender chashu (roast pork) and a small amount of nori, says jsandler, who thinks Kotoya's going to be a great addition to the neighborhood.
The chashu is just terrific, J.L. says. "The pork is perfectly tender, juicy, flavorful, and texturally complex. In a word: Super! The chashu by itself is on par with the best I've had in any ramen-ya in L.A." J.L.'s main complaint about Kotoya is that the broth lacks a bit of depth compared to other local tonkotsu versions.
Kotoya Ramen [Westside - Inland]
11901 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite #111, Los Angeles
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Photograph by J.L.