327 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


  • Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Yes, we know about the old standards and the new, the austere Tokyo-based chain with branches in local Japanese supermarkets, and the impeccably credentialed noodle czars. We've heard all the arguments about authenticity, and we've seen Tampopo too many times to count. But ramen, a noodle soup borrowed wholesale from the Chinese, is no more a traditional Japanese food than curry rice, California rolls or spaghetti doughnuts. And when the yen for ramen strikes, you'll usually find us at Daikokuya, decorated to look like a noodle shop set from a 1960s Imamura picture, where the broth is made from carefully simmered Kurobuta pork bones, the noodles have both snap and vigor, the gyoza are plump, and the condiment jars on each table are filled with pure, minced garlic. (Ask for your ramen "kotteri-style," with extra-rich broth.) Some connoisseurs may try to tell you that affection for Daikokuya is a character defect, but that just means the line is that much shorter after a concert at Disney Hall just up the street. See full review.

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