Archive for June, 2012

Tatsu Ramen, Los Angeles

Greeted by 3 ipads on the wall at the entrance of the ramen joint that opened 23 May by Ryu Isobe, a recent USC graduate, who walks around the restaurant and chat with customers. On the walls of the restaurant, there was a photo of him and a short paragraph that gives a brief introduction about his life. From what I could remember, Tokyo, Japan, son of actor, Hiroshi Isobe, Hawaii, USC, best entrepreneur program in Los Angeles, wanted ramen in US to be like that of Tokyo, learned from pro Jap chefs, Tatsu = Dragon. Pretty sure I missed some stuff but I think I got most of the main parts.

Tatsu Ramen, Los Angeles

Naked Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen

Anyway, the concept was pretty interesting with the ipads on the wall and ordering and payment was done right at the ipads. The app was clean with a white background and nice pictures. The ramen was fully customizable with only 2 types of ramen, tonkotsu ramen and naked ramen. Customization includes amount of garlic, green onions, spiciness, pork or chicken or tofu and egg (sweet corn, seaweed and garlic cloves are free). Apparently they have “holy water” for free too LOL. The ramen was kinda too oily for my liking but I have heard many mixed reviews from friends that visited. Suggestions to maybe include the amount of oil in ramen and strength of soup base like that of Shin Sen Gumi would be good. Other than that props for opening till the latest on Sawtelle.

Tatsu Ramen
2123 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 684-2889
Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed, Sun 11 am – 12 am
Thu-Sat 11 am – 3 am


Nong La Cafe, Los Angeles

Not having to drive in the traffic for hours to Westminster or SGV for some legit vietnamese food? Finally, some decent vietnamese food on Sawtelle, sandwiched between SushiStop and Tsujita LA! Nongla Cafe, family business owned by mother, Khanh Phan, brother and sister, Victor and Elaine Phuong.

Nong La Cafe

Thit Nuong Bun (Grilled Pork)

Nong La Cafe

Nem Nuong Cuon (Pork Rolls)

Nong La Cafe

Thit Nuong Banh Mi (Grilled Pork)

Nong La Cafe

Bo Bun Hue

They opened their doors on 20 May but never had a chance to try it till a week ago. This place is always super packed. Partially also because there was only 10-15 tables thus seating is really limited. The food and service was great and everyone was really friendly! On the plus side, you can call in and do take out orders.

Nong La Cafe
2055 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-1881
Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm

Categories: Asian, Los Angeles, Vietnamese