Los Angeles, CA 90025
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles
This is probably my current favorite ramen place around the Sawtelle/Olympic area. Tops Tsujita in my opinion. I’ve been waiting since last September (when it was supposed to open) ’til June (when they finally opened) to try it. Why, you ask? Because Jinya is listed as one of the best ramen places in LA by LA Weekly. I went on a Saturday for lunch, and surprisingly there was not much of a wait (maybe because they just opened so not many people knew about it). It’s located in the same shopping plaza as Starbucks, Champagne Bakery and Marshall (which has the parking structure), so parking was pretty easy.
You can add $4-$5 to your ramen to make it a combo. So I added the crispy chicken (karaage) and salad for an extra $4. These came ahead of the ramen. The chicken was nice and flavorful and crispy, yet still juicy. I like!
Tonkotsu spicy – you can choose the level of spiciness. It’s pork broth with chunks of pork chashu, cabbage and spicy bean sprouts. It’s pretty thick broth, but good spicy flavor. $8.55
Jinya tonkotsu – pork broth with pork chashu, spinach, cabbage, dried seaweed and fried onion. It also comes with the seasoned egg on the side. The broth is milky white, which means they’ve cooked it for a LONG time. Rich broth but didn’t taste greasy. Yummm… $9.55
Close up of the pork chashu – I thought it was going to taste fatty, but it was melt-in-your-mouth goodness!!! I wonder how they cook the chashu…
Tonkotsu original – the only difference between this and the Jinya tonkotsu (as far as I can tell) is the seaweed and seasoned egg. So if you like your ramen with an egg, go for the Jinya tonkotsu. $8.55
I see the recent yelp reviews haven’t been too kind to this place, so will have to make another trip soon to get a more accurate review!
UPDATE: Went back on 9/8/12 for a second visit, this time for dinner. It was as good as the first time. I ordered the curry with the ramen this time, and the curry was also really good!