327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.049965 -118.240118
Neighborhoods: Civic Center / Little Tokyo, Downtown, Central LA
Named as one of the BEST ramen spots in the US, expect to wait 2+ hours at times (totally worth it!). The famous tonkotsu ramen is mouthwatering, as is the shredded rice pork bowl. You really can't go wrong with the ramen+rice combo here-best deal in the city!
Daikokuya is where you can get your hands on long, sultry strands of fresh Japanese ramen. The bowls are enough to last you through the day. They also whip up a mean gyoza appetizer dish.
Best ramen in LA. There's a long wait so make sure your phone is fully charged.
Start with crispy, fried gyoza under a pile of green onion.Ramen noodles are springy, broth is opaquely rich. Lives up to the long line.
Great place to go after having one too many drinks. Creamy, sweet broth, pork belly bacon strips, most delicious hard boiled egg! Cash only. Lots of food for $9.
Great Japanese Food – Daikokuya STRIKES AGAIN! Man o man what a place. This is my favorite hole in the wall for the rest of the century! Went there for lunch yesterday and let me tell ya, it was just as good as last time. I had the CA role, which all beit the bunny hill of sushi is still a great pleasure when done right, and they do it righ baby! Then I had the pork belly bowl. Now let me tell you something... this thing is a pork lovers dream. You have a nice bed of warm sushi rice on the bottom, then you have paper thin sliced pork belly that has been cooked up nice and crispy. THEN they finish it off with that wonderful sauce you get with your eel at your favorite sushi joint, mine being Katsu-ya. On top of that you have a nice pile of green onion to finish off the taste profile. I was sitting at the bar and when this stuff hit the counter the whole world just melted away and I was suddenly transported to a field in the middle of the Swiss Alpes and none other than Julie Andrews was spinning next to me singing her little heart out. If this place does not move you, pull out all your teeth and start eating baby food, because you don't deserve to eat real food anymore. OH, and don't get me started on the Gyoza, but that is for another time.
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Ramen Heaven – Where else would you go to get ramen in Los Angeles? Little Tokyo of course! Sure it's a bit of a wait at times but once you sit down and pick your bowl, you will have that warm happy feeling inside knowing that your stomach will be satisfied with your selection.
Great Bowl of Ramen, rain or shine – When it's wet and raining, one of the things I crave are soups. One of my favorites is a big bowl of ramen from Daikokuya. Of course, the wait can be interminable since the place is rather small but once you sit down, the memory slips away.
Yesterday, I walked in just around noon and the wait was a mere 15 minutes. However, it got busier as the afternoon wore on.
I highly suggest one of the combos. I like the fried rice but the salmon roe is great too. I plan to get the shredded pork next! Daikokuya's pork is gorgeous with rendered fat. It's like wining a prize when found in the fried rice or I like to save it for the end with my ramen.
The soup is always the best part. That fat from the pork makes a rich broth.
One word: M'eh. – After all the hype it received, I was soooo stoked to go to Daikokuya for authentic Japanese-grade ramen. I was so let down, it was just heart-breaking.
I've eaten a lot of ramen in my day, much of it in Japan, from Kyoto and Nagasaki, to Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo. Daikokuya may simmer their broth for 18 hours, and yes, the broth is rich, but not worth the hype. Perhaps it was because the soup was room temperature, or that my friends ramen was a bundle of over-cooked starch, but whatever the reason, I was seriously disappointed in this apparent "ramen mecca."
So, the soup was "M'eh," the gyoza was sub-par, and I was horrified to find that the traditionally crispy "Katsu" was slathered in egg and thick sauce (NOT the tonkatsu sauce I've been rasied with). Whack.
I will NOT return, and I will do my best to avoid any of my other acquaintances from making the mistake of shelling out their cash for this (and this is a very large compliment, if you ask me) "on-par" ramen. I'd rather go to Marukai, Mitsuwa, or Ramenya, ANY day of the week.
Best Ramen in CA. – I have eaten a lot of Ramen in my day and this is definately some of the best. By far the best Ramen in CA and it beats even a few Ramen shops I have eaten in Japan before. Gyoza and the speciality Ramen are highly recommended. The texture of the noodles are slightly more "al dente" than what most westerners are used to and a bit thicker. The speciality of the house is pork ramen in a pork based broth. The noodles are mixed with green onions, a marinated egg, and been sprouts. Very simple, but after having eaten a lot of Ramen, apparently hard to replicate.
As far as negatives go there are two . The first one will show itself to you when you get to the door. That will be the line out the shop. Be sure you sign up on the sign in sheet as early as possible. If the noodles run out (and they could), your out of luck. The second negative is the shop itself. It has a B rating for a reason. It is a bit run down, they said it got a "refurbishment" when we were there, but I think it could use another one. Not much seating in the restaurant, so if you don't want to have to wait you can ask to sit at the bar and could get in faster.
If the restaurant was decorated a bit better and a bit cleaner I would give it full stars. Then again you don't really go here for the ambiance, you go here for the noodles. Small details aside, you will not get better Ramen in CA. Depending on your travel situation, you may not ever experience better Ramen then this (I know of a really good place in Hokkaido, Japan, but I am not telling you about it). If you have the time and $9.00 for that bowl of Ramen, go for it! The menu is quite simple, but if you can draw the crowds they do, why do something else?!
Best ramen place in LA ever – I go to Daikokuya with my gf at least once every month. There is only 1 kind of ramen here -- the daikoku ramen. The ramen is too good that it worths the 1+ hour wait. I've tried most of the famous ramen restaurants in LA and this is definitely one of the bests.
btw, this place is called Daikokuya instead of Dakokuya
Hits the Spot – Absolutely a hole in the wall with FANTASTIC food and no fuss service. Came during lunch and opted for the bar seating because there was no wait. Ordered their specialty hot ramen for $9. The soup base was creamy and full of flavor, the ramon was cooked perfectly, the meat was tender and the hard boil egg was a surprise but a good complement to the dish. Had this dish in Japan and VERY VERY close to the acutal thing.
Soup for the Soul – I love coming to this place especially during winter. The broth is full of flavor, it comes in huge portion, and its reasonably priced. A must-try for all the foodies out there! The place is small but I actually like its hole-in-a-wall vibe.
Hearty bowls and the waft of steaming broth ensnare random passers-by to this bustling Little Tokyo diner. – In Short
Empty chairs and countertops are hard to come by at this perpetually crowded soup shop. A popular dish at the family-owned spot is the daikoku noodle bowl, which includes marinated meat, seasoned bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onions and a special sauce-soaked hard-boiled egg found swimming in the bottom of the bowl. Customers jam elbows when ramen-guzzling and soup-sipping, but willingly overlook the tight space. Popular appetizers are the gyoza, edamame and tempura. Desserts include mochi ice cream; dango, sticky rice balls with sweet soy sauce glaze; and cream anmitsu, Japanese fruit cocktail with mochi.
Quality of ingredients is stressed: They only use Kurobuta (black) pork because of its tenderness; their soup must be brewed for a full day; and they use an ionized mineral water system for all of their cooking.
Narrow walkways make it almost impossible not to bump someone or to be bumped. This can be particularly hard when customers have to meander to the very back to use the bathroom. Because of the tight space and steaming soup, the restaurant can get stuffy and has a really strong aroma that seeps into clothes.
the best! – This place isn't fancy, but the staff is nice, and most importantly, it serves the best Japanese raumen I've ever had!
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