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Ramen Yamadaya

Map & Directions 1175 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Ramen
  • Sun, Sat 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available


OC Weekly's Description

Ramen Yamadaya’s tonkotsu ramen is the closest thing to melting a whole pig into a bowl. It is unabashed and unequaled in its porkiness. The broth is so thick and so rich, the viscosity is closer to 10W-30 motor oil than anything else out there in the market. Nothing in the ramen-rich kingdom of Costa Mesa quite prepares you for the soup this most recent import from LA pours—not Daikokuya’s comparatively light-weighted bowls; not Kohryu’s scorched scallion-flecked broths; not even Santouka’s venerable but always-too-salty brews. Compared to Yamadaya’s broth, all other tonkotsu-style soups will seem like skim milk. On the one-page menu, Ramen Yamadaya’s hog concentrate is advertised as being cooked for 20-hours. Believe it. After the lengthy simmer to unlock the collagen and extract all of the piggy essence and every molecule of flavor from pork bones, the result is a soup so weighty that if the noodles, egg and slices of roast pork were taken away, the liquid alone would still constitute a really heavy meal.

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  • Anita L. on 02/01/12

    Don't try to seat yourself! They'll yell at you! Wait by the door even though there is no sign saying so

  • Janice H. on 03/27/13

    Floor is slippery as hell! Watch your step!

  • Armi-Claire O. on 01/13/12

    Grand opening!

  • Michael Antonio on 09/15/13

    Tonkotsu kotteri ramen is the way to go. Broth is so good. But service is spotty. We finished our entire meal and still waiting for 1 dish!

  • Ryan R. on 05/27/13

    Anything on the menu is really good. If you like garlic, ask them for some fresh cloves and their garlic crusher to put in your soup.

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