17142 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
On the heels of my thirtieth ramen post in less than three months, I happened to stumble upon a true hidden gem in Hacienda Heights while visiting the bank. Surprised by this unexpected discovery, I had to put my football plans on hold and run in for a quick slurp. Tamaya is a small ramen and donburi restaurant that's been serving the neighborhood locals for more than four years. It's friendly family-owned atmosphere makes this restaurant that much more enjoyable. Some say that this is their back up ramen-ya when the line at Foo Foo Tei is too long, but don't underestimate Tamaya. Although they don't pop-up when googling for "ramen in LA", Tamaya's ramen can definitely hold its own and compete on a high level! Their menu even contains 24 different types of ramen to choose from. I can't wait to go back and try the Kaarage-ramen.
Shoyu-ramen: Not knowing what to expect from the unexpected, this shoyu-ramen was surprisingly delicious! It even seemed to get better with every slurp. I couldn't believe what my taste buds were experiencing. The soup was sensational with no regrets. The noodles were cooked perfectly and blended a great relationship with the soup. The toppings (chashu, egg, menma, nori, and negi) were also outstanding. Mostly because the kurobuta chashu was amazingly tender and moist! I'd never thought I'd say this, but this chashu quite possibly could give Daikokuya a run for its money. There's nothing more to say...
Gyoza: Foo Foo Tei's gyoza is hand's down the winner in this battle. Tamaya's gyoza was less exciting than their ramen and oddly tasted like they came out of the freezer.
Chahan: If you do order the ramen combo, you'll be better off combining the chahan instead of the gyoza. The chahan rivals most of the top ramen-ya's in LA and OC.