More tasty ramen in Palms!
New (second) location for Kotoya, same chef (“Sergio” is in the house, for now). It’s in the old Yamakase space on National Blvd. (across the street from Simpang Asia).
Bottom line: It’s still in soft-opening (which means there are only 2 bowl options available right now: Soy and Spicy). I ordered the soy ramen, and it was a very good bowl. I will be returning for the spicy bowl later.
Three strength: (1) That chashu pork. It is damn delicious, and yes, it’s worth a trip here just to have that meat. The chef finishes it with a flame sear just before serving for a smoky layer. And the meat just melts at the touch of your chopsticks. The tenderness is comparable to great buta no kakuni.
Also, (2) the ajitama is just about Japan-level. Runny yolk, flavorful, and adds to the wonderfulness.
And to top that off, (3) the gyoza are prepared with love.
Their weaknesses: Overall nothing that would be a dealbreaker for me… A bit too much sprout and scallion in the bowl (but honestly, those are more my preferences than inherent problems with the bowl - easily avoided by removing). The menu is pitifully limited for now (but will be expanding in April). Oh, and no liquor license yet. Yet.
Kotoya Japanese Ramen (Palms location)
10422 National Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90034