111 N. Atlantic Blvd. #241
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Atlantic Place Shopping Center
It's here! The most anticipated opening for a ramen-ya since...oh I can't remember. Anyhow, after being denied entry by a waiter to their private opening party last Wednesday (I guess little cousin Lucky doesn't fly in Japanese), that same waiter came up to me today and said "you look very familiar...have we met somewhere before?" Uuuh...hellooo Mcfly! Hahaha! Kidding aside, the dude was cool and so was the rest of the staff. The space is small yet cozy with a seat capacity of around 25 and it felt strangely more welcome than its downtown counterpart. One thing is for sure, I could get used to this Daikokuya!
A quick glance at the menu and I was like "What! No gyoza?!!" Then the waiter told me to turn the menu over. Duh...
Whew! Daikokuya's top-5-worthy gyoza are always a must order. And from the looks of this backside, there's a lot of new stuff that I'll have to come back and try (e.g. the Mexican Chicken and Fried Spicy Tuna).
Daikokuya Gyoza: A little sweeter than I remember, but still savory and delicious. Did I mention that these are always a must order?
Daikokuya Raumen: The moment of truth. Would it live up to the Downtown hype? Or would it crash like Costa Mesa? Stay tuned for the answer.
The kurobuta pork was outstanding! The melt-in-your-mouth goodness indeed rocked the heavens.
The hanjuku egg was a bit cold and lacking its true flavor. I probably could have let it sit in the hot soup a little longer, but there's no excuse for the bland marination.
The noodles were the typical factory strands that all Daikokuya's use and quite frankly I like them. I've always loved how they pair their tonkotsu soup with a curly noodle.
Now for the soup. It was definitely smooth and creamy without being overly salty. Every sip literally massaged and tickled the throat with a relaxed, lazy response. Although it's not quite up to par with Downtown, it's pretty darn close.
Thanks to everyone who kept me informed on the exact opening date. Much appreciated! And for all of you who are still interested in meeting up...let's do it! I say we order everything on the menu!...twice!