Convenient bump. I went to the SL Bangaichi yesterday and expected much greatness, alas my hopes for Bangaichi went down in flames like USC
Had the miso Bangaichi, shio ginger, and miso vegan. Garlic fries were okay if you can overlook the fact that there is no visible garlic - they seem to be using a garlic oil. Gyoza were excellent - thin skin, great crisp. The egg as mentioned above is magnificent - a perfect 5/7. It was all downhill from there.
The chashu was not…luscious. The noodles were okay. The broth lacked dankness - the shio not as good as Santouka, the miso not as good as Jinya or the OG Mottainai. I don’t know if this is the style or what, but the broth was a major miss for me.
looking at the reply above, maybe all the chefs were at Culver city.