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Marugame Monzo

329 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-346-9762
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Photo: Anne Fishbein

Details

  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo is sit-down and upscale, at least for a noodle joint, with black, lacquered tables and a feel that's downright sleek. In this way, Monzo bridges the gap between L.A.'s high-end Japanese restaurants and the low-rent ramen shops that were here even before the current noodle craze (such as Daikokuya, the legendary Little Tokyo ramen shack, which for many years was the only game in town and is located right next door to Monzo). Here is all the care, effort and comfort of a sushi restaurant, only instead of pristine fish, it's the noodle diners come to revere. —Besha Rodell

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