Ramen Yamadaya Coming to Costa Mesa!

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Kotteri ramen at Yamadaya
When I heard the news, it was like Christmas in October. Yamadaya, the renowned LA ramen shop, will open store No. 3 in Orange County in late November. There are plans afoot to open a fourth location in Westwood in December, maybe in time for actual Christmas. We told you this March about the physics-defying soup, as super-saturated with pork as a liquid can be. We pleaded to our local ramenyas to step up with an extra-fatty kotteri soup like Yamada-san's, and it turns out Yamada himself picked up our gauntlet.
We spoke with Tony, the manager of the original shop in Torrance, who informs us the menu will be the same as the already-existing locations'. You can choose from two thicknesses of noodles to put into your tonkotsu soup, Orange County's de facto regional style of ramen. (Yamadaya's instantly slots in as next year's Best Of candidate.) The soup can be flavored with salt, soy sauce or, if your arteries are up to the challenge, the kotteri style, which has extra liquid lard studded with white droplets of marrow and se-abura, delicious tiny tears of fat from the loin of the animal. In addition, Tony informs us, the Costa Mesa store will have a beer-and-wine license, so you can properly wash down your gyoza and noodles with a cold Sapporo. The restaurant will seat approximately 50 guests. Judging from the lunchtime lines at the similarly sized Culver City location, you'd better get there early to assure yourself a seat.

It has been seven years since I dubbed Costa Mesa Ramentown USA. Several ramen shops in town have folded since then, but with Yamadaya sticking its flag in the 92626, Costa Mesa reclaims that title with authority. So interwebs, what have we learned today? Whispering your deepest desires to the universe, or, at least, whining to nobody in particular via your blog will sometimes get your wish granted. Now if only Heather Graham would meet us for a bowl of kotteri soup in Costa Mesa . . .

Coming soon: Ramen Yamadaya, 1175 Baker St., Costa Mesa; ramen-yamadaya.com.

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Keenan Hill
Keenan Hill

I cannot wait to get back to try some ramen. Pencil me in for your first trip there.

Wonginator
Wonginator

This location is right down the street from me.  I think that's in the shopping center anchored by the Stater Brothers store that I shop at regularly.  I look forward to checking this place out.

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

I was actually at Shin Sen Gumi last night, and its been my favorite ramen place forever. I've never been to Yamadaya but you're saying its that much better?

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

Since you're in the neighborhood, give us a heads-up when it opens, will you?

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

SSG is day-in, day-out amazingly well-done. Their soup has been my standard-bearer for OC ramen for years.

Yamadaya has some off-days,and they're maybe not as consistent as SSG, but when they're on their game, the soup is better, especially when I ask for the super-rich kotteri style. The regular soup (non-kotteri) is just good, maybe a half-step below SSG's.

I should note that I'm biased heavily toward the thick body and extra pork fat of the kotteri. If you're not into that, then you might not "get" Yamadaya's special-ness.

RamenNut
RamenNut

Tonkotsu-Miso Ramen at Gomen in Stanton.  I dare you to find better cha-shu or a better soup!

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

I've never had the kotteri style so I'll have to try it out and see, but I can see myself easily falling for the extra porky thickness. I'll be sure to check this place out when it opens.

RamenNut
RamenNut

You will be saying "gomen" for not trusting me after your first spoonfull of soup!

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

The name Gomen isn't promising, but you're aware of that. We'll see how sorry it is at some point...

RamenNut
RamenNut

Shuji-san, I had a feeling you might not have experienced the utterly under-appreciated culinary miracle which is Gomen Ramen.  Not to bias you any further so just the facts. Yes, it is in Stanton in the heart of nowhere.  It has very weird hours and they NEVER answer the phone, so don't even try. It can be busy and you might have to wait for a table.  Tonkotsu-miso, Tonkotso-shio, and Tonkotsu-shoyu are the specialties, though I prefer the first of these, and us ramen fanatics NEVER order anything else except side orders of chahan and gyoza.  Order the ramen with extra Chashu. Goes well with a draft Kirin or a bottle of Sapporo.  And you officially owe me one.

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

The part about your comment that's most interest-catching is Stanton. Ironic, I know, but that's what makes me want to check it out.

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