Restaurant: Silverlake Ramen
Location: 1319 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401. (424) 330-0125
Date: October 4, 2018
Silverlake Ramen’s original shop (located in Silverlake) is one of LA’s better small ramen shops.
Recently they moved onto Santa Monica Promenade (my old hood) as well as some other Ca locations, so I guess it’s not exactly Silverlake Ramen anymore.
The small menu — smaller I think than at the original.
Karaage (Japanese fried chicken). Good, but very fried.
Tsukemen. Dipping noodles. This is the dry part.
A thick creamy pork and fish-based broth in one bowl, and noodles in the other. Tsukemen is dipping ramen, for the seasoned ramen pros who want to make every bite just so! Tsukemen is not for everyone, but there are many hardcore ramen aficionados who swear by it!
This is the pork/fish broth. Heavy stuff, but good. Needed some vinegar though.
The classic. Tonkotsu broth. They slow cook pork bones for many hours to make this rich creamy broth. Tonkotsu is the first ramen and is widely renowned across the world.
Silverlake certainly offers solid ramen. The menu so far is pretty straight up and plain vanilla — and I’m a bit over really straight up ramen (for reasons that are perhaps more personal than culinary). Still, I’m sure I’ll be back to get a better picture of how they hold up. Also notice that these bowls start at $13, not that I mind, I know what it takes to actually produce a bowl of ramen, but those that complained about Ramen Roll’s $11 base price need an inside-the-head egg-scrambler.