Jinya Ramen [LA]

2400 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

I drove down to LA with Thuan and David this weekend to visit some family (well technically, Thuan drove us to LA), and we stopped for lunch in Santa Monica at Jinya Ramen! Apparently they have multiple locations around the US, so maybe there’s one close to you wherever you’re reading this…

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I got the Jinya Tonkotsu Black, which came with pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, nori dried seaweed, seasoned egg, garlic chips, garlic oil, fried onion, and thin noodles in a pork broth.  The noodles had a pleasantly chewy consistency, and the soft boiled egg was the perfect touch. The broth was too fatty for me though to comfortably sip after I finished everything else inside.

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Thuan ordered the Jinya No. 1, which was a Spicy Chicken ramen that consisted of chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, tokyo negi, green onion, and thin noodles in a chicken broth. “I had a massive craving for good ramen and this place hit the spot,” Thuan explained. “The noodles and broth were on point and it was flavorful without being too salty.”

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David tried the Tonkotsu Spicy, which came with pork chashu, spicy bean sprouts, kikurage, green onion, and thick noodles in a pork broth. “It was good, but wasn’t amazing,” David explained, insightfully. “Eight out of ten would eat again.”

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Saji and Angela joined us for lunch, but since they already had a “substantial brunch,” they just ordered some appetizers and entertained us with their presence as we gulped down our food. Angela got the Shrimp Toast (above), which came with toast bread, shrimp, white fish, yamaimo yam, egg, and spicy mayo, and Saji tried the pork gyozas (below).

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All in all, Jinya Ramen tastes great after spending six plus hours in a car. The Santa Monica location is amazing as well— it’s a five minute walk to the beach, and a ten minute walk to the boardwalk. I would highly recommend dropping by the next time you pass by the area!

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