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Daikokuya

Map & Directions 327 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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213-626-1680
  • Japanese
  • Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
  • All Major Credit Cards, MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking

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Yes, we know about the old standards and the new, the austere Tokyo-based chain with branches in local Japanese supermarkets, and the impeccably credentialed noodle czars. We've heard all the arguments about authenticity, and we've seen Tampopo too many times to count. But ramen, a noodle soup borrowed wholesale from the Chinese, is no more a traditional Japanese food than curry rice, California rolls or spaghetti doughnuts. And when the yen for ramen strikes, you'll usually find us at Daikokuya, decorated to look like a noodle shop set from a 1960s Imamura picture, where the broth is made from carefully simmered Kurobuta pork bones, the noodles have both snap and vigor, the gyoza are plump, and the condiment jars on each table are filled with pure, minced garlic. (Ask for your ramen "kotteri-style," with extra-rich broth.) Some connoisseurs may try to tell you that affection for Daikokuya is a character defect, but that just means the line is that much shorter after a concert at Disney Hall just up the street. See full review.

 
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  • laweeklybestof wrote a review for Daikokuya
    on 05/06/09
    4

    Yes, we know about the old standards and the new, the austere Tokyo-based chain with branches in local Japanese supermarkets, and the impeccably credentialed noodle czars. We like the options at Shin Sen Gumi, where you can dictate the firmness of your noodles and the pungency of your broth, and may insist upon second helpings at a nominal fee. We like to watch college kids blow... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Rayden S. on 04/18/10

    Best ramen EVER!!! Try with kotteri flavor :)

  • Jason C. on 12/15/09

    Expect a wait, but it's completely worth it. Must have the Daikoku Ramen if it's your first time!

  • Starry K. on 03/25/11

    Come for the ramen, but stay for the frickin' SHREDDED PORK BOWL! Its frickin' FANTASTIC & in my opinion.. Actually outshines the ramen its so good.

  • Christine N. on 07/25/10

    Like everyone else says, get the ramen with kotteri broth. Huge portions. Budget time for a nap after.

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