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Member Reviews (7)
- Daikokuya RamenMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jan 22, 2014
This would be my fifth visit to Daikokuya. It was 2:30pm on Friday, and there was still a line! Wait was like 20 minutes, which isn't too bad, but surprising. I bring my out-of-country relatives here who have never tried ramen in a restaurant before as there is none to be had in their country. This is a pretty good place for first timers eating ramen. Décor is old school and definitely feels like a typical ramen shop in Japan. Too bad it's bit too small, so if you have a big group it will require a very long wait any time you go. The service was a bit chaotic as it seems they are understaffed.
After eating those egg flavored ramen noodles from other shops it is hard to go back to this style. After trying their kotteri broth it is hard to go back to the regular one with added back fats and slightly more flavor. The broth tasted a bit like soy sauce, very salty, which I couldn't finish. The Chashu was still one of the best in the business, as is their marinated egg. The ramen bowl is probably the size of my head.
Despite some shortcomings, this is still the best ramen shop in Little Tokyo with a slight edge over other locations. Not the best in L.A., but still damn good!
- Daikokuya RamenMay 28, 2013
There's always a huge line here. I don't know if I would say that the ramen here is worth the wait (since it can take more than an hour), but going here is definitely an experience that anyone visiting Little Tokyo should have. The noodles are just the right consistency when it comes to chewiness. I know the noodles at other ramen places tend to be too soft or too hard. The noodles here are perfect. In terms of the broth, it is very delicious! It's so rich and flavorful. I usually don't finish all the broth when I eat ramen, but I always finish the broth when I go here. If you don't mind waiting for some tasty ramen, you should definitely try this place out!
- Daikokuya RamenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3May 19, 2013
Piping hot ramen on a cold day, or so I thought (explanation forthcoming).
Decided to hoof it down to Lil Tokyo before catching a matinee performance of "Backbeat" at the Ahmanson Theatre.
I've heard the masses, some partial to Shin Sen Gumi, some partial to Daikokuya. So here it is - Enter the culinary deathmatch!
I arrived around 11am on Saturday, with Daikokuya already being busy. Seating is minimal, with the bar and a row of booths, with one booth beside the door. The decor made the place seem like I was transported to Tokyo, with hipsters & businessmen sititng side by side, slurping every last bit of broth.
The wait wasn't too long & I was promptly seated. Of course, I had to order the Daikokuya Special Ramen Kotteri-style for $8.95
Large bowl - check!
Egg - check!
Pork meat - check!
Green onions - check!
Piping hot - huh?
My bowl of ramen was warm, not hot. I'm not sure if the noodles absorbed the heat of the broth, but the piping hot goodness was instead a lukewarm, mild goodness.
Naturally, I have to add pickled ginger & garlic. I just about used all the ginger in the jar & most of the garlic.
My ramen was rich, fatty, spicy & quite pleasant to the tastebuds. Lots of food to put down, even for a pro like me. Sitting at the bar, I had the chance to chat with a couple seated on my right. Seeing me take pics, I was asked if I was a blogger, to which I replied "Sorta, I'm on Gogobot" :)
Now for the comparison - Having now had both Daikokuya & Shin Sen Gumi, I have to give the nod to Shin Sen Gumi. Reasons are-
Customization - Shin Sen Gumi allows for diners to choose their toppings whereas Daikokuya is fixed.
Seating - More seating is available at Shin Sen Gumi, which makes it more convenient for large parties.
Taste - While Daikokuya was good, I think Shin Sen Gumi was that much more better. The temperature of the ramen probably played a factor, too.
Daikokuya, your food was good, but if I was in the area again, I'd most likely head across the way to Shin Sen Gumi to see if the wait is shorter.
- Daikokuya RamenMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 06, 2012
there are those winter days where the only thing that can make you feel like a human again is some deep, fatty broth that is in the form of daikokuya's famous ramen. once you brave the line and eat it once, you will be back again. but yes, you will have a salt pregnant belly after so make sure you don't eat it before any photo ops.
- Daikokuya RamenFirst to ReviewNov 28, 2012
BEST DAMN FRIED RICE OF ALL TIME EVER PERIOD NO MATTER WHAT..... OK you get the idea. Staff is very friendly, and the ramen is awesome. Also.... the fried rice is pretty good... or whatever... haha.
Definitely get there early if you decide to go on the weekend because it will be PACKED. I'd recommend looking around in the local shops and bakeries while you wait.