Daikokuya – Los Angeles, CA

327 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-1680

Two months into my ramen journey and I finally get a chance to try Daikokuya. I constantly hear nothing but great reviews about this place, so today I decided to finally witness it for myself. This is actually the first of two ramen-ya’s I visited today. You’ll see the next one a little later on. Okay, so back to Daikokuya. I decided to save some room in my stomach and order only the ramen. I’ll have to go back again for the gyoza someday.

Daikoku-ramen: Wow! Amazing! Why did I wait so long to try this? Sorry edjusted, but I’d have to say that this was better than Shinsengumi. The soup was to die for! The noodles weren’t very spectacular, but thankfully they were masked by the delicious tonkotsu soup. And the chashu? Mmmmm! The kurobuta just melted on my tongue like an ice cube on asphalt. I think I might have to go back there sooner than I thought. Maybe even tomorrow!

Gyoza: (Updated December 31, 2007) I finally got a chance to try the gyoza and…they were really good, but I think I might have been expecting too much. I guess that’s what happens when you listen to all the hype. They could have been a little juicier. Nonetheless, they are definitely top notch.

8 Replies to “Daikokuya – Los Angeles, CA”

  1. Hahaha. Disqualifies me from eating another bowl of ramen again??? Hmm..after I ranked them I've eaten 55 bowls of ramen in 28 cities in Japan and much much more. Wait…I never claimed to qualify for eating a bowl in the first place. Is this the ramen olympics? Or the world ramen cup? Anyway, thanks for leaving a comment Mr. Anonymous!

  2. No offense, but picking Daikokuya over Shinsengumi immediately disqualifies you from ever eating another bowl of Ramen again.

  3. Man overrated. Went last night after joining this site and reading it was one of the top ramen places….Gyoza was mediocre at best. Mushy and lacked flavor. Sauce too strong. Ramen was decent and chasu excellent but wait for 30 minutes on a Tuesday to eat ramen….I don’t think so.

  4. I was not impressed. There is essentially one choice in Rauman and that was okay but… I must have been there after they had just added water to the broth. BTW, it has a “B” from the city and I can see why. The place is flat dirty. I can’t recommend this place.

  5. The secret to getting decent raumen here versus the terrible version they often serve is to watch the tap above the large broth cauldron. If that tap is on, the broth will be weak and tasteless, time to order a shredded pork bowl. If its early in the day and the tap is off the broth will be acceptable. Santokua is FAR superior to Daikokuya even when you get an undiluted Kotteri version. I have often wondered what the broth tastes like in its pure reduced form. Gyoza is top notch though!

  6. after jonathan gold reviewed daikokuya for the LA weekly, they got super popular. i can’t stand waiting for an hour to eat here, but sometimes i do anyway lol…

  7. Hmm…maybe they had an off day when I went…or maybe *I* had an off day. Ok, I’ll give it another try the next time I’m up there!

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