Restaurant: Venice Ramen
Location: 515 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. (310) 448-8886
Date: August 14, 2017
Cuisine: Japanese Ramen
Rating: Decent, if slightly unusual ramen
I’ve been biking by this tiny little (relatively new) ramen place on Washington for a year and finally got a chance to try it.
It’s helmed by Hideki Mochizuki a veteran Tokyo ramen guy.
Tiny 15ish person place with a very specific ramen style.
Regular house tonkotsu ramen. The noodles are the very thin Tokyo style. The egg, while marinated, was totally overdone. Other garnish is just green onion. The chasu is ok, but a little tough and not super strong in flavor. The broth was kinda weird, although I liked it. Lots of vinegar. Not as rich as a Tsujita and not super strong on the pork flavor — don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a light soup, but it’s a bit different.
Tsukemen dipping noodle ramen. I prefer my noodles separate like this and usually you get a much more intense broth.
I’m not sure the Tsukemen broth was any different. It did come with nori though — haha. And there was some bamboo shoots in there.
The noodles were a soba noodle, which was a little different. Not bad, but definitely not super typical. It was okay. I only ate some of the noodles.
Overall, a nichey small Japanese style ramen joint. It just depends on what style of ramen you prefer. Maybe you love this one, maybe you love some other one.