Restaurant Yama – Alhambra, CA

433 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 576-9828
About Restaurant Yama

Restaurant Yama has been around for a long, long time–41 years, to be exact. I’m not sure when exactly during that time they decided to serve ramen, but on a recent visit (my first) I was shocked to see “Chanpon” and “Chashu Men” on the menu. Yeah, I know this isn’t a ramen-ya and if you’d ask a regular what Yama is known for, they might just say the teriyaki, tempura, and fried oysters. But…since I am who I am, I only have eyes for one thing…


Chanpon: I don’t feel like saying anything bad about this restaurant so it might be best if I don’t say anything at all. Well…alright, since you keep twisting my arm I’ll say something, but I’ll still keep it brief. The shoyu-based soup here was plain (but still good) and the sauteed vegetables thrown atop added some extra flavor to create a nice, light Chanpon. The Chinese-style chashu was a slight disappointment, but like I said…this isn’t a ramen-ya.


The thin soumen-like noodles were the biggest disappointment of all. This soup could have definitely used something thicker. So if there ever is a next time, I think I would ask for the thin udon noodles instead. Yeah, that might do the trick!


Tatsuta-Age: The fried chicken was outstanding!


There’s some history here on why I didn’t want to say anything bad. I’d rather not get into it now, but if you’re dying to know, email me. But be forewarned, it’s really sad…

12 Replies to “Restaurant Yama – Alhambra, CA”

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  2. The tempura is good. The miso soup is decent. The teriyaki is okay. The unagi sushi is great (nice and warm). The servers are friendly. The story is very sad. I remember hearing about it but didn’t realize it happened to them until years later.

  3. Aww that is sad that the ramen was not good. I am curious about the side story, but only if you would like to share and isn’t too painful for you

  4. I don’t know, the fried chicken looks good, but the ramen is a mess. The noodle, the toppings, and every thing in the soup was a disaster. Wow! They actually served that to you?psst. The noodle at Sam Woo looked better than this. LOL

  5. this joint is literally down the street from me… so deathly curious but never made it. so .. “not a ramen-ya”. what is it good for?

  6. Hi Keizo, I lived in Alhambra for many years but strangely don’t remember the place..Separate subject, I think I dreamt of Foo Foo Tei’s curry the other night! Ha

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