Skillet Doux wrote:but good enough that I'd strip naked and run around the house screaming if we had offerings like this back home.
Skillet Doux wrote:Out in front of Yakyudori, there was a markerboard suggesting that if the wait was too onerous (it wasn't), we could try their sister restaurant, Hinotez. Well, okay then. Our last night, I wanted one more crack at some Japanese (an intense craving that week, for some reason), and a 2AM closing time at Hinotez made it easy.
Good golly, it's no small wonder why milky, rich tonkotsu broth now dominates the Tokyo ramen scene. Again, as with Yakyudori, I have an impossible standard still fresh in my mind. But I thought this was a really nice, smooth, rich bowl of tonkotsu, a little salty from the miso but not overly so. Good chashu, some scallion, nori and ginger, fairly firm noodles... the only complaint would be a cold egg. But again, I'd be flipping ecstatic to have this back home.
I'm more than pleased with Hinotez as a farewell meal from San Diego. I'd kill to have ramen options like this. Somehow the week ended up being all Japanese, all the time. Not sure how that happened. But I got my fix, and it was a pretty damn good one.
sinosoul wrote:Had the small bowl of tonkotsu ramen with noodles done katame, soba with mixed tempura, few small plates, and a litre of beer. Just did an LA ramen tour last month (4 new-ish stops, see map here: http://goo.gl/maps/nNDgN ) and this tonkotsu bowl would rank 5th. It was a decent bowl, punctuated with floating, lovely, black garlic oil, but lacked unctuousness found in top LA bowls. The chasu was plain and the ice cold hanjuku providing overcooked yolk. Best part was the generosity of the al dente hosomen and the low price.
Pato wrote:For drinks do not miss:
7 Grand (north park)
Craft & Commerce (drinks too)
Prep Kitchen (fantastic)
I have been told to go to Tiger Tiger. Have not been yet.
If you drive out do not miss Ranas Mexico City Cuisine on the way out and on the way back!
BarbaraToombs wrote:Anyone have any recommendations in the Gaslamp area? We're headed there this weekend, and although we know the place well, we usually focus on bar-hopping (!) more than dining, but as it's my birthday weekend, we'll want at least ONE good meal out. I perused Yelp and have a few ideas from that, but I trust all you more!
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