Jinya
House of Jin (which, by the way, is actually a Chinese surname, and is the same as that found at ‘Chin’ Ma Ya). is a cool place. At 5:30pm, it’s cool for the Beverly Hills adjacent daddies to bring the daughters for a quick slurp of noodles. At 8pm, it’s cool for the couples to share some bespoken house made silken tofu. Jinya offers a prix fixe dinner of $25, $35 and $45. For dining on Third Street, a $25 multi-course Japanese dinner is almost affordable, and hence, Robata-Jinya is perpetually packed. The prix fixe starts off with a simple sashimi (usually tuna), a bowl of tofu, a few skewers from the robata, and finishes off with the weirdly non-Asian shrimp toast, and a small portion of the house ramen. No complain can be found in this Little Osaka meal transplanted to the middle of Mid-Cities West.

It is the full order of the once “limited edition” tonkotsu ramen that reeks of demogogy. The half order ramen, served as a postscript to merely expand your gut at the end of a meant-for-skinny-Japanese-people meal, isn’t susceptible to much scrutiny. It seems a freebie; it’s hard to fault free grub. I would know.

On its own, as a $10 bowl of ramen ($8.50 and a $1.50 hanjuku egg), this really leaves something to be desired. The noodles are standard factory fare, they’re not lifeless, they’re not charming, nor are they offensive. They just are. The broth is a bit more coy. It’s clean and bony carrying half the sea salt produced in Hakata, which is to say: it’s properly Japanesey noodleezy. It’s an unoffensive bowl even to the local Chosen people; it reminds me of shopping at Target (when Jason Wu is out of stock). Thanks for the $10 bowl of snore, dudes. Otherwise, this place rocks, especially because it sports the cool gay parents cache. I mean, if it’s hip enough for them, it’s gotta be trendy enough for me? Verdict: let the cool kids keep drinking the coolaid. There must be better ramen on the Westside.

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Tsujita

This is by far the superior bowl between the 2 mentioned here today. The broth was a near equal marriage between porkiness and saltiness, the noodles were available hard, and sizeable portion of char siu comes with the ($14!!) bowl of noodles. The effect of over stewing of the pork (and most probably chicken skin) is obvious — the ramen gently sits underneath a wave of glimmering fat. What do not receive passing grades here are the trimmings. The pork belly used in the char siu is absolutely fatty, but lacked moisture, softness, complexity and flavor of Fujin’s fantastic rendition. Hanjuku, again, tasted merely of boiled eggs, with the yolk lacking any fluidity, with the whites lacking any marinade. At over $20 for a meal of ramen and matcha ($4!!! but necessary to fight the salt), one expects bliss. This is but merely a pummeling of the arteries. Alas, perhaps the JGold approved tsukemen is the only way to go?

However, at 40% higher cost, one should skip Tsujita’s ramen as often as Jinya’s. Eat Tsujita too often, and hypertension will undoubtedly come knocking.

Other Tsujita Reviews:
Regarding the tsukemen.
On ramen, by 8Asians.
Of ramen.
Of ramen.

tsujita-la.com
2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Little Osaka

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  • http://oheithere.wordpress.com/ Chris H.

    Gotta try the tsukemen at Tsujita. Will never go back to eating ramen there afterwards.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, I don’t think I’ll be back. There are just too many options out there. Ton-Chan does a killer tsukemen, then there’s Ikemen in WeHo that I’ve yet to try. $14 for noodles you gotta dip? Seems a bit bonkers for me.

  • http://oheithere.wordpress.com/ Chris H.

    Ton Chan in SGV? And Ikemen is on my list too.

    If you get the version without the pile of chashu it’s like $10, and there’s still bits of pork in the dip. Yes, I’m under Tsujita’s spell. But the egg does need some work though…

  • Anonymous

    The picture of broth at Tsujita is making my insomniac mouth water. Heading there in a couple weeks for dinner, at which time they do not serve ramen.

  • Johnny Lee

    Hmm reminds me need to go back to Fujin, only been once but was thoroughly impressed.  Have you been recently, is business still slow?

  • SinoSoul

    I’m very curious about the level of izakaya they’re offering. It certainly is a party atmosphere, but the servers are all teeny boppers who seem to have little restaurant experience… *SCURRED*

  • SinoSoul

    Indeed Ton Chan in SGV. Big fan. We should do Ikemen sometime.

  • SinoSoul

    I was there just this week. It is freakin’ SPOT on, and seems to have a bit more customers during lunch. Never seen it busy though, and that makes me afraid.

  • http://www.vistavillagepediatrics.com/ Pediatrics Doctor

    Not really a big fan of ramen, but might probably get back to you on that after reading this! Lol. And they serve it with semi-runny soft boiled eggs too huh? Bet your readers always feel the urge to eat anything they get their hands on after reading your posts!

  • http://twitter.com/mzpinkpanda Amy

    i love the tsukemen noodles. the ramen at tsujita is nothing special. don’t knock it till you try it!


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