Lots of ramen spots in DTLA. So which one to go with? Well, the 3 I like head­ing to when the stom­ach is yearn­ing for some would prob­a­bly be:

  1. Daikokuya
  2. Kouraku
  3. Oro­chon

But I won’t really get into all 3, this post is all about Daikokuya. I’ve always wanted to go but the long wait just wasn’t some­thing I can do dur­ing the mul­ti­ple attempts in Lit­tle Tokyo.

So today, I decided to head early into the area, and have lunch with Belle and Lou. I found myself park­ing at the Japan­ese Vil­lage Plaza struc­ture, since I know I can get val­i­da­tion at Mik­awaya. It was either pay­ing $6 for the park­ing lot across the restau­rant, or pay­ing $5 (min­i­mum) and eat­ing some mochi-lato at the same time. The lat­ter taste good to me =)

Want­ing the first dibs for seats, we got there 10–15 min­utes before 11am. The line quickly grew a cou­ple of min­utes right before they opened. The restau­rant filled less than 10-minutes after we got seated. So yah, get there early, or pre­pare to wait 20–30+ minutes.

For the food, I tried to quickly take pho­tos as every­thing smells and looks good…

Their gyoza was prob­a­bly the best one I’ve ever had. Its so good—it got voted in LA Weekly’s “Best of LA” (arti­cle here):

Daikokuya’s gyoza are the pan-fried vari­ety, as opposed to the pale, boiled kind, and do not come crimped like lit­tle purses as most of them do, but folded into rec­tan­gu­lar pack­ets, their edges seared to crisp fil­i­grees, their sea­soned inte­ri­ors dense and pork-heavy, a hand­ful of thinly sliced scal­lions scat­tered over the top.

Daikokuya - Gyoza

Mov­ing onto the main entree, I opted to go for the com­bi­na­tion. It comes with the Daikokuya Ramen, and a choice of a small rice bowl (I went with Teriyaki Eel).

Daikokuya Ramen

The expe­ri­ence with the ramen can be para­phrased like this:

Oh beau­ti­ful golden ramen, what hides under­neath your garnishing?

(a cou­ple of scoops later)

Yes—oh yes—just instant nomnomness!

The soup (soy sauce based) was dang tasty; can def­i­nitely tell the boil­ing of the pork bones was planned to keep you sip­ping for some more. The pork was ten­der. Man oh man, so good and fla­vor­ful. And the egg, I wouldn’t mind more of. 

Daikokuya - Teriyaki Eel Bowl

As for the Teriyaki Eel, I could’ve prob­a­bly just ordered this and be happy for lunch. The por­tion seemed small at first. But after a cou­ple of bites, I noticed that the eel slices were big­ger than ones I have had before. Not only that, but they are delicious.

Over­all, this expe­ri­ence was pretty good. I’d for sure head back there— as long as there’s no wait. But what can I tell you, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed if you do wait.

327 E 1st St
Los Ange­les, CA 90012
(213) 626‑1680

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