Just went to Silverlake Ramen with a friend, not expecting a whole lot, but still hopeful. Mostly because I don't want to wait in the lines for Daikokuya, and I don't want to drive all the way out to Sawtelle or beyond for decent ramen. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.
Now, this may not quite enter my top 5 list, but it's up there - certainly the convenience factor adds to its appeal. In the tonkotsu ramen, the portion size was nice, as were the toppings. The egg cost 1 dollar extra, but was among the best I've had. The broth was nice and cloudy and creamy - somewhere in the Daikokuya zone of broths, but not overflowing with character. The noodles are a little thin, but there are plenty of them. The biggest disappointment may have been the one thin slice of Chashu, though you can add more as an extra.
My friend had the tsukemen, which comes with a half-egg by default and 2 cuts of chashu. The noodle is thicker and a bit nicer and cheweyer. And the broth is certainly much more dense and much heavier on the bonito than some others I've had. Very nice though.
Anyway, I would certainly recommend it for all you eastsiders who don't feel like braving the lines for Daikokuya, and don't want to make the trek to the west side or the valley. It definitely satisfied my ramen urge for the night. I think it should certainly be somewhere on the 2nd tier ramen map of the rapidly growing LA scene. I'll give it another go in a few months and see how they're doing after their soft open. Go and let me know what you think!
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