Asa Ramen

18202 S. Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
310-769-1010
Asa Ramen

Photo: Amy Scattergood

Details

  • Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
Like many of the small ramen shops in Torrance and Gardena that haven't mushroomed into chains, Asa has weathered the new wave of ramen popularity, changing ramen chefs and turning out bowls that have changed with them. The current chef, who is from Okinawa, has shoyu, salt and tonkotsu ramen, but he's also livening up things with big bowls of thick curry ramen, the option of a "fire bowl" of spicy ramen, and the promise, later in November of uni ramen. A very small shop without a sign in English in one of the many repeating strip malls along Western, it's hard to find Asa if you don't know what you're looking for (and even if you do), but once you duck inside and pull up a stool at the bar (high wooden counter, low cloth panels dividing you from the open kitchen), you'll be imprinted enough for the next time.
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