Hmm…what should I name my ramen-ya? That’s it! Ramenya!! I wonder if that’s how the owner came up with the name. It’s not very creative but it works. Let’s just hope the ramen works too. After a 20 minute wait in the hot, dry LA summer heat, we were finally seated and greeted with an ice-cold glass of mugicha, a welcome sensation that felt like jumping from the boiling jacuzzi to the unheated pool. I instantly became coherent and free of all heat-stroking effects. I was ready to try this ramen-ya called Ramenya!
Shoyu-ramen: Simple but serious and well worth the wait. Nothing fancy here but the flavor was enjoyable and a welcome change from the oily soups that I’ve been tasting. The soup had a nice crisp, refreshing feel with a boring yet sensational kick. The noodles were your basic crinkled kind but just cooked better. The toppings (chashu, moyashi, menma, and negi) almost went unnoticed, but that doesn’t mean they were bad. A good ramen shouldn’t be overshadowed by the toppings anyway. The chashu was actually pretty good. And this shoyu-ramen is not to be taken lightly.
Shio-ramen: The shio-ramen on the other hand was missing something. It was definitely more bland than the shoyu. It tasted like a plain, clear, salty soup. A dash of vinegar helped to make it bearable but I would still prefer the shoyu over shio every time.
Tenshin-men: Described as a shrimp omelet with gravy on ramen, this tenshin-men looked more like a Martian delicacy. If you are craving intense, amazing flavor, this is the way to go. The gravy just adds tons of it to the normal ramen. The shrimp omelet also adds a delightful twist to the otherwise boring ramen. The tenshin-men even seems to contain a different type of noodle. One that is straighter and firmer, but I could just be imagining things.
Chahan (Fried Rice): Quite possibly the best chahan I’ve ever tasted at any ramen-ya! Seriously! Not too dry and not at all greasy. It was also full of flavor. No need to dip this in the ramen soup. It’s a generous portion so if you feel like you won’t be able to eat it all, order it anyway and take what you don’t eat home.