Ramen Yamadaya

11172 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Ramen Yamadaya

Photo: Noah Galuten


  • Open Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (closed 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.); Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Yamadaya, a ramen shop not far from Tito's Tacos in Culver City, takes porkiness to a new extreme, a tongue-coating, brain-penetrating pig plasma that comes at you as if shot from an umami gun set to stun. You don't just eat Yamadaya ramen, you wear it like a straitjacket. You're not going anywhere until you're done. The room is long and bare; the noodle-sotted customers have the distinct, hollow-eyed look of screenwriters and grad students. One sees the occasional order of the kare-age fried chicken, which is OK in a bento-box kind of way, but that's taking the coward's way out. The one permissible variation is tsukemen, thick chewy noodles served by themselves, with a superfunky dipping sauce - basically the tonkotsu broth boiled down to a fish-laced syrup - on the side.

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