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Orochon Ramen

123 S. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Orochon Ramen

Photo by Anne Fishbein


  • Daily 11:30am-10:30pm
  • $
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
A Japanese noodle shop in the pleasantly decaying Weller Court restaurant mall attached to the Kyoto Grand hotel downtown, Orochon Ramen is perhaps the most calculated spicy-food shrine in the Los Angeles area. The important dish at the restaurant, and the one ordered by nine out of 10 visitors, is the ramen, available in broth flavored with soy, miso or salt, garnished with whatever you decide to pay a buck or so extra for, and served in any of nine levels of spiciness, starting with Non-Spicy and Osae, then through Impact, Hyper and Extreme, and up to the hottest, Special 2: an elemental, dusty-red concoction bearing the disclaimer "Eat at Your Own Risk." If you manage to consume an entire bowl of Special 2 within 30 minutes, weird vegetables, sliced hot chiles and all, Orochon will snap a picture and post it on both its Wall of Bravery and its Web site, your small feat of conspicuous consumption chiseled into Google cache for eternity. minimum $20 for credit card purchase. See full review.

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