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Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen Restuarant Review

What was once a great sushi place called Izayoi has now been replaced by a chain Ramen place. I’m really going to miss Izayoi but it’s time to checkout this Ramen place.

The atmosphere of this place is like a sushi place where the workers all shout out “Irashaimasen,” which is basically “welcome” to our restaurant. But this place goes overboard and it sounds like somebody is getting attacked.

There is a big counter area surrounding the area where they make all the noodles. The extra items in the menu comes on a separate plate. So if you order eggs, or wan-ton, you get it on a small plate, then you have to put it into your ramen yourself. You’d think that if you’re paying for your ramen, they should at least put it in for you.

The actual ramen is a little different from what I’m used to. It’s a little thinner and maybe home made. It’s not as thin as Japanese somen, but a tab bit thicker than that. The soup is good but not the best I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if I ordered the wrong thing but my 6 piece Gyoza were microscopically small, but tasty.

There are better places for Ramen in Little Tokyo and elsewhere but for some fast Ramen, it’s a good place to go. Don’t come here on a date because it’s loud and you won’t be able to hear your date. Come here with a bunch of people to drink, eat ramen and make some noise.

Hakata Ramen
132 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7108

Update 6/2013:
This article used to be called Hakata Ramen because that’s what I thought the restaurant was called but apparently now it’s called Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen.