In probably the quietest of grand openings of any ramen-ya I’ve yet seen in L.A., Palms Ramen Yumeya has opened for business in (of course) Palms, at the space formerly occupied by the former Beard Papa’s (at the corner of Palms & Sepulveda). And not only is ramen offered, but tsukemen is available as well.
Don’t the lack of fanfare fool you, because I think Palms Ramen Yumeya currently serves the best bowl of tsukemen in L.A. - Sharing my love for the dipping noodles at Tsujita LA (but without the wait at Tsujita LA). The tsukemen broth is delicious, with small bits of pork accenting it throughout. The tsukemen at Yumeya, however, pleases the palate with a different, more subtle strategy. It differs from Tsujita’s tsukemen in the sense that it is neither overtly greasy nor unctuous, yet still naturally rich and so satisfying on even second and third bites. Great stuff.
And how is the ramen there, you ask? Answer: Damn good! The tasty tonkotsu broth fits well with the thin, bite-worthy noodles which I had trouble slurping only because I was too eager to bite into them. Again, the broth is a “clearer” but just as complex version of the broth at Tsujita LA. The chashu was carefully sliced, and juicy. The ajitama (extra) was wonderfully prepared.
Note: Even if you’re not usually into spicier ramen (such as myself), I’d still highly recommend adding at least a bit of their housemade chili paste to the ramen - The chili paste wasn’t particularly spicy in and of itself, but what it does so well is that it “opens up” even more notes in the pork ramen broth!
I’ve gone back two more times since the first, and this place consistently delivers its flavor punches on each visit. Side dishes include well-prepared and delicious karaage and gyoza. Service is warm and welcoming, and the price is extremely reasonable. If you live and/or work in West L.A. - This will likely be your new lunch love.
Palms Ramen Yumeya
11127 Palms Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90034