Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi – Gardena, CA

2015 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 329-1335

The original Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi location in Gardena has been around for more than a decade and is still considered the best (imho) compared to its Fountain Valley and Rosemead siblings. (I just can’t believe I haven’t posted this location yet!) So where should I start? All Shin-Sen-Gumi restaurants have a lot of character and it probably would be unjust if I tried to explain their mission in my own words, so here’s a little video in “their” own words.

Hakata Ramen: As stated in the video, you can modify this ramen to your liking by specifying the texture of the noodle, the amount of oil used, and the amount of flavor added. It’s like having your own personal ramen chef! Unfortunately, you can’t take them home. Anyway, like I said before, the Gardena location is my favorite out of the three. There’s definitely a harmonious feeling of originality that transfers over to the soup. I’ve never been to Hakata (or just too young to remember), but this is probably as close as one can get in Los Angeles. Its creaminess rivals that other place and on some days may even be better. The toppings (chashu, shoga, negi) are great too. Kaedama Onegaishimasu!

Gyoza: Top 5 for sure!! I got mine with the A-set. Highly recommended!

Feel like ramen on New Year’s Eve? This location will be open until 5AM New Year’s Day for all post party celebrations. So get yo drunk-a** down there!

That makes me wonder…does ramen qualify for toshi koshi soba?

10 Replies to “Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi – Gardena, CA”

  1. Sadly no – It was bittersweet- what can I say haha -Anyway thanks for reviewing shin sen gumi – its the only ramen place I go to but I’ll have to try some more out in torrance!

  2. @wonton forest: Haha..you mean, you didn’t see Mr. Sparkle?!!@bitesandbolts: Yup..mini, crispy and delicious!@Pepsi: Yeah, I think it’s true. I think the head chef from FV location took his place in Gardena. Not sure I’ll be able to make it but you never know…@Exile Kiss: Thx! Yes, definitely check it out! Look forward to reading your review.

  3. Hi Keizo,Another great review and thanks for reminding me that I haven’t reviewed the OG Shin Sen Gumi yet either! (^_^; I’ll have to go back and enjoy the original again soon and see how it compares after all the ramen I’ve had this year. 🙂

  4. Hey BitesAndBolts,If you come down and pick me up, I’ll go with you on that night. You can be the DD. BTW, is that meant you will be down here?Hey Keizo,Tell me this if this was true. One of buddy told me that there was an older chef that works there and had recently retired. She felt it wasn’t the same anymore, but it’s still the best Shin Sen Gumi. Did you noticed any change from the younger chef? Oh, if you are going there on NYE, maybe I’ll get BitesAndBolts to come down with me to join you!

  5. Open till 5am on New Years? Hm…possibilities. Anyway, thanks for the reminder to get out and eat some more ramen. Now with the recent rain in SoCal, I hear Hakata once again calling my name. And those gyozas certainly are good. They’re still all miniature sized and crispy, right?

  6. hahaha that is an awsome video. i was waiting for mr. sparkle to come flying out to make the ramen delicious!

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