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Daikokuya

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(35 Reviews)

327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 626-1680

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Today: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
16
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Original Noodle and Rice Bowl

Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
cash only
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
Civic Center - Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, Central La, Central LA, Historic Cultural, Little Tokyo
Categories
Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Paid, Street, Lot

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food

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Best ramen joint in LA! Get the ramen and rice bowl combo and u won't be sorry. Wait time can be long but worth it... just don't go in a big group. Cash only... there's a shady looking ATM on site if u're willing to roll the dice with ur identity. The parking sit kinda sux but u'll forget about all the hassles a few bites in. Don't be scurred!!

Michiko T.

08/17/2012

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Daikokuya is one of my favorit...

Daikokuya is one of my favorite tonkotsu ramen places in LA. If you're a fan of Santouka, Yamadaya or Shinsengumi, you would also like this place.



The place is always packed and wait time is 10 minutes to sometime over an hour; so avoid the busiest hours as possible. I like Daikokuya but I would rather go to Shinsengumi (which is 5 minutes away) if the wait is too long. Shinsengumi is just as good as Daikokuya.



The place only takes cash.

Tu N.

08/17/2012

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Delicious bowl of ramen! I am ...

Delicious bowl of ramen! I am huge fan of real ramen with rich, hearty tonkatsu broth. I tried the tonkatsu kotteri here and was pretty pleased. It was a large serving which I didn't finish.



Note - it's DTLA, so parking is a pain. Also, there's almost always a long wait because it's a tiny restaurant. We went on a hot summer day so it was really toasty in the restaurant. Best time to go is probably late at night, or in the winter. Their AC seems to be barely working.



I prefer the tastes of Ramen Yamadaya, but this was pretty good.

peterbinsurance

11/15/2011

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Great Japanese Food

Daikokuya STRIKES AGAIN! Man o man what a place. This is my favorite hole in the wall for the rest of the century! Went there for lunch yesterday and let me tell ya, it was just as good as last time. I had the CA role, which all beit the bunny hill of sushi is still a great pleasure when done right, and they do it righ baby! Then I had the pork belly bowl. Now let me tell you something... this thing is a pork lovers dream. You have a nice bed of warm sushi rice on the bottom, then you have paper thin sliced pork belly that has been cooked up nice and crispy. THEN they finish it off with that wonderful sauce you get with your eel at your favorite sushi joint, mine being Katsu-ya. On top of that you have a nice pile of green onion to finish off the taste profile. I was sitting at the bar and when this stuff hit the counter the whole world just melted away and I was suddenly transported to a field in the middle of the Swiss Alpes and none other than Julie Andrews was spinning next to me singing her little heart out. If this place does not move you, pull out all your teeth and start eating baby food, because you don't deserve to eat real food anymore. OH, and don't get me started on the Gyoza, but that is for another time.

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mchang

06/16/2011

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Great place for ramen, the but...

Great place for ramen, the but wait can be over an hour (even outside of regular lunch hours). Come early to sign in, walk around Little Tokyo for a bit, then come back later to eat. The ramen portions are fairly large, so appetizers may be unnecessary unless you plan on eating a lot.

Harpreet M.

06/13/2011

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Definitely one of the top rame...

Definitely one of the top ramen places i have been too. Highly recommend checking this place out - you can even make a day of visiting the MOCA and coming here for lunch or dinner. There was a wait but totally worth it.

mikedrud

11/13/2010

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A local must

Daikokuya is one of those hole-in-the-way neighborhood joints everyone in town seems to know about and recommends. For good reason.



Just think of this term, "rich pork broth" and all that it implies -- savoriness, saltiness, indulgence, fatty, delicious. The daikoko ramen with extra pork oil isn't something you can eat everyday, but it's a great indulgence on a cool day.



The restaurant has a "B" rating, which isn't cool, but again, not a concern for the occasional indulgence.



Street parking is expensive ($2.00 hour/meters unless you go on Sunday), so be prepared for that.

CaptainLD

04/12/2010

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Overall
Ramen Heaven

Where else would you go to get ramen in Los Angeles? Little Tokyo of course! Sure it's a bit of a wait at times but once you sit down and pick your bowl, you will have that warm happy feeling inside knowing that your stomach will be satisfied with your selection.

theminty

02/10/2010

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Great Bowl of Ramen, rain or shine

When it's wet and raining, one of the things I crave are soups. One of my favorites is a big bowl of ramen from Daikokuya. Of course, the wait can be interminable since the place is rather small but once you sit down, the memory slips away.

Yesterday, I walked in just around noon and the wait was a mere 15 minutes. However, it got busier as the afternoon wore on.

I highly suggest one of the combos. I like the fried rice but the salmon roe is great too. I plan to get the shredded pork next! Daikokuya's pork is gorgeous with rendered fat. It's like wining a prize when found in the fried rice or I like to save it for the end with my ramen.

The soup is always the best part. That fat from the pork makes a rich broth.

WORX4FUDE

12/07/2009

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One word: M'eh.

After all the hype it received, I was soooo stoked to go to Daikokuya for authentic Japanese-grade ramen. I was so let down, it was just heart-breaking.

I've eaten a lot of ramen in my day, much of it in Japan, from Kyoto and Nagasaki, to Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo. Daikokuya may simmer their broth for 18 hours, and yes, the broth is rich, but not worth the hype. Perhaps it was because the soup was room temperature, or that my friends ramen was a bundle of over-cooked starch, but whatever the reason, I was seriously disappointed in this apparent ""ramen mecca.""

So, the soup was ""M'eh,"" the gyoza was sub-par, and I was horrified to find that the traditionally crispy ""Katsu"" was slathered in egg and thick sauce (NOT the tonkatsu sauce I've been rasied with). Whack.

I will NOT return, and I will do my best to avoid any of my other acquaintances from making the mistake of shelling out their cash for this (and this is a very large compliment, if you ask me) ""on-par"" ramen. I'd rather go to Marukai, Mitsuwa, or Ramenya, ANY day of the week.

Eric W.

09/19/2009

Overall
Best Ramen in Los Angeles

Definitely get the Diakoku Ramen when you come here.



This is probably the best Ramen that I've had in the states. The broth is nice and heavy, firm noddles, and the slow cooked pork simply melts in your mouth.



The ambiance is very much like a Japanese Ramen noodle house. Expect to wait, and wait a while.



To avoid the wait you might want to try the locations in Monterey Park, Hacienda Heights, or Costa Mesa... but nothing beats the original especially since it's in the heart of Little Toyko.

Elderp

01/13/2009

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Best Ramen in CA.

I have eaten a lot of Ramen in my day and this is definately some of the best. By far the best Ramen in CA and it beats even a few Ramen shops I have eaten in Japan before. Gyoza and the speciality Ramen are highly recommended. The texture of the noodles are slightly more ""al dente"" than what most westerners are used to and a bit thicker. The speciality of the house is pork ramen in a pork based broth. The noodles are mixed with green onions, a marinated egg, and been sprouts. Very simple, but after having eaten a lot of Ramen, apparently hard to replicate.
As far as negatives go there are two . The first one will show itself to you when you get to the door. That will be the line out the shop. Be sure you sign up on the sign in sheet as early as possible. If the noodles run out (and they could), your out of luck. The second negative is the shop itself. It has a B rating for a reason. It is a bit run down, they said it got a ""refurbishment"" when we were there, but I think it could use another one. Not much seating in the restaurant, so if you don't want to have to wait you can ask to sit at the bar and could get in faster.
If the restaurant was decorated a bit better and a bit cleaner I would give it full stars. Then again you don't really go here for the ambiance, you go here for the noodles. Small details aside, you will not get better Ramen in CA. Depending on your travel situation, you may not ever experience better Ramen then this (I know of a really good place in Hokkaido, Japan, but I am not telling you about it). If you have the time and $9.00 for that bowl of Ramen, go for it! The menu is quite simple, but if you can draw the crowds they do, why do something else?!

lasgana

11/19/2008

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Best ramen place in LA ever

I go to Daikokuya with my gf at least once every month. There is only 1 kind of ramen here -- the daikoku ramen. The ramen is too good that it worths the 1+ hour wait. I've tried most of the famous ramen restaurants in LA and this is definitely one of the bests.

btw, this place is called Daikokuya instead of Dakokuya

lost222

04/16/2008

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Hits the Spot

Absolutely a hole in the wall with FANTASTIC food and no fuss service. Came during lunch and opted for the bar seating because there was no wait. Ordered their specialty hot ramen for $9. The soup base was creamy and full of flavor, the ramon was cooked perfectly, the meat was tender and the hard boil egg was a surprise but a good complement to the dish. Had this dish in Japan and VERY VERY close to the acutal thing.

gizzmo01

04/07/2008

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Soup for the Soul

I love coming to this place especially during winter. The broth is full of flavor, it comes in huge portion, and its reasonably priced. A must-try for all the foodies out there! The place is small but I actually like its hole-in-a-wall vibe.

serbi12

12/08/2007

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the best!

This place isn't fancy, but the staff is nice, and most importantly, it serves the best Japanese raumen I've ever had!

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