Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...we finally have a reason to be excited about ramen in LA!
After spending a month experiencing the many different styles of ramen in Japan, it's only natural that a new style would someday emerge and shock the ramen world. So without further ado, I am beside myself when I tell you that THAT day has come. Led by Shigetoshi Nakamura, THE Shigetoshi Nakamura (if you don't know who he is you soon will), the newest ramen style to emerge and blast onto the scene is Ramen California. Granted it's not your normal ramen-ya, but what the heck is a "normal" ramen-ya anyway. Ramen is always changing, adapting, evolving, and taking shape to whatever region it resides in. That's precisely why a bowl in Hokkaido can be drastically different from a bowl in Kyushu and still be considered ramen. Yes, this might take some getting used to, but it's here...and there's no other person that I see more fit to be at the helm than Nakamura-san himself. He is an inventor, a visionary, a culinary genius with all the skills to back it up. The ingredients are amazingly fresh and the flavor combinations are ridiculously creative. I'm telling you...we finally have a reason to be excited about ramen in LA!
Check out rameniac's excellent review for more info. He does a great job (as always) of breaking everything down into a stimulating read. Like he says, Ramen California is still in their soft-opening phase so expect a lot of changes to the menu in the coming weeks. I'll also be going back many, many times so expect some more updates to the slideshow above. Ramen California is located where Chabuya used to be, but don't expect it to succumb to the same fate. I have a good feeling that this will work and Ramen California will be a success! And I'll be ready to eat my words if it doesn't. "Bon Appetit!"
24231 Crenshaw Blvd. Unit C
Torrance, CA 90505
tel: (310) 530-2749
fax: (310) 530-4318
Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
(A shoutout to rameniac and exile kiss for joining me tonight.)