24231 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
There's nothing like starting off the new year with the first ramen-ya to open in 2008. Officially open on Tuesday (1/15), Chabuya (with the success of its West LA location) has decided to bring its "real ramen" to the real ramen mecca of LA--Torrance. For those that live in the area, Chabuya Torrance is located where the izakaya Kazamidori used to be. It's also in the same shopping center as Shin-Mama Ramen but on the opposite side of Home Depot. They've been serving people for a couple of weeks now, even though they aren't officially open, so I thought I'd go give it a try before the crowds start forming. The decor is not as nice as its predecessor, but the wood furnishings and trim greets you with a feeling of old Japan. Chabuya Torrance will be a great addition and perhaps give Shin-Mama some friendly competition.
Kara Kara Ramen: This ramen is a spicy version of "The Classic" with ground chicken. I thought I'd try something different since I'd already had "The Classic" numerous times at the Sawtelle location and boy did I make the right decision. The spiciness enhanced everything about the ramen in a way that HGH enhances baseball players. What they need to do is rename this ramen to "The RGH Classic." I'm not a big fan of the thinner Hakata-style noodles but these are as good as Chef Morizumi intended. The toppings (house-made chashu, menma, negi, fried garlic, and ground chicken) were exceptionally good. I highly recommended this ramen.
Shrimp Ibushi (Charbroiled Noodles): If you go to a ramen restaurant who's mission is "to create the perfect bowl of ramen", why would you not get the ramen?? Anyway, this shio-yakisoba was just okay and only worthy of eating if you're not in the mood for ramen. I was really hoping for someone to order the okonomiyaki, but I guess we'll have to try that next time.
Pork Gyoza: If these look a little white to you then that's exactly what I was thinking. They probably needed to be cooked a little longer, but I'll just blame it on the new guy in the kitchen. After all, they haven't even officially opened.
Just a quick note: I'll be leaving for Tokyo in a few days so be on the lookout for some ferocious ramen slurping. My relatives have their favorites all mapped out for me so let's hope I can survive the msg poisoning!