A few years ago, a Japanese restaurant opened on Westwood boulevard near Wilshire but it went out of business and was replaced by another one, which promptly also closed. Luckily for Westwood, Ramen chain Yamadaya took over the location and is making a come back.
As you can see below in their menu, you can choose the soup style and pick other options, including how spicy it is. Unless you’re insane, I would not recommend the “Death” spice level. I’ve never tried it but it claims to be 15 times hotter than the lowest level.
The Premium Shoyu with Chashu ($9.45) (shown below) is authentic and reminds me of the ramen straight from a place in Tokyo. The noodles are thin and extra toppings are available for extra cost, including extra noodles for $1,45. You can also get the thicker soup for those who like heavier ramen. If you like authentic ramen, you’ll love it here. If that’s not enough food, you can add a small Japanese style curry with rice and a salad for another $4.95.
During the summer, they also have a cold ramen (Hiyashi chuka) shown below. I don’t remember how much it was and it’s not on the menu. The toppings are a little different from what you might see in Japan but it’s healthy and a nice change when it’s hot outside.
On a side note, there is a shave ice place next door called “Ice Caster,” I think. As you can see from their sign, the mascot is either scared or at least not very happy. It might be because he’s causing confusion with customers trying to figure out the name of the place.
This little Ramen place has become very popular as time goes by and they have plenty of other locations including Torrance and Culver City. I’m not exactly sure where you’re supposed to park because it is in Westwood afterall, but otherwise, it’s a great place to stop by for some authentic Japanese ramen.
1248 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 10pm (close 3pm – 5:30 pm), Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 9pm