327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Parking: Paid, Street, Lot
Bike Parking: Yes
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!!
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.
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.
11/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
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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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.