August 10, 2010

Ramen Jinya

I have never been to Tokyo. When I go, I know my perception for delicious ramen will change drastically. Until then, I resort to places like Santouka (Torrance) and Daikokuya (Little Tokyo). Now, I shall add Jinya to the mix.

Tonkotsu Ramen (pork broth, chashu, flavored egg, green onion, spinach) - $7.95
Broth was very flavorful and the pork (chashu) was incredibly tender. The chewy noodles have a good bite. Extra points for providing the ladle-spoon!

Chashu Ramen (you can choose chicken or pork broth, chashu, flavored egg, green onion) w/ spinach (add $1) - $9.95
Looks identical to the Tonkotsu Ramen... probably tasted the same as well. So why does it cost more? Good question...

Fresh garlic? Yes, please.

Gyoza (minced chicken and green onion) - $4.95
Nothing I couldn't fry up at home.

Crispy rice with spicy tuna - $4.95
Crispy rice was hardly crispy and the tuna hardly spicy. Disappointing.

Will I return? Heck yes. 
Will I order anything other than the ramen? Probably not.
One other key thing Jinya can improve upon is the service. Getting the appetizers after the ramen is not a huge biggie, but having to wait close to end of the meal for mediocre crispy rice w/ spicy tuna is no bueno.

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cuisine: Japanese
location: Studio City, CA
hours: M-Sun: 11:30am - 10pm
website: Jinya | yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: lot (free)
note: If you want Sprite, you won't find it here. Only Coke, Diet Coke, and lemonade.
reviews: J. Gold | rameniac