This noodle house called Yashima is in the “West Little Tokyo” area on Sawtelle and used to be called Mishima, which moved to Wilshire (then eventually closed that branch). If you like Udon or Soba, I highly recommend this place. To be honest, they changed something with the soba a while back and it’s not as good as the original, but it’s still much better than the usual soba you’ll get from any wannabe noodle house. Remember, I’m super picky.
As per the custom at “real” traditional Japanese restaurants, hot green tea is on the house. Also, if you like spicy salmon sushi rolls, try it here.
The service here is excellent but it gets super busy on weekend nights. To make matters worse, this place is small, so you might try weekdays, or during lunch.
11301 Olympic Blvd. Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90064
10:30am – 10pm, 7 days a week
Update August 2011:
A few months ago, this place changed owners and the quality has done down dramatically. Today, I had their cold Udon and it appears they just forgot to cook it. The Takotsu is a joke and pretty much everything else here has turned to crap. I will never return here again.
This place is closed.