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Mar 17

Ramen Yamadaya, Costa Mesa, CA

Ramen Yamadaya, Costa Mesa, CA. Ramen, spicy ramen, ramen noodle, noodle soup, Japanese food, ramen restaurant, Japanese restaurant, pork

I dined here earlier tonight with my friends. My first time at Ramen Yamadaya. Try saying those syllables together a few times, it’s a tongue twister I yells ya!

There are two huge tables in the middle of the restaurant that fit 10. Our party was 8, so one of the waitresses was hesitant to give me the entire table since I was the first one there. But eventually she sat me down with the menus, although mentioning that if there’s another group that comes in, she’d have to give it away. Some Asian restaurants won’t even seat you if half your party isn’t present. So I guess that’s a plus.

While we waited for the rest of the gang to arrive, I ordered the kara-age (fried) chicken that came in 10 pieces. They’re a bit salty, and there’s no dipping sauce.

It appears the tonkotsu kotteri (top left) was a popular choice, based on other reviews and friend recommendations. Basically has ramen noodle, black garlic oil in the soup, pork, seasoned egg, scallions, menma (this yellowy vegetable). I combined mine with a big slab of pork belly, but it ended up looking nothing like the one I saw online. We were all little disappointed because all my friends said there’s only like, one slice of meat, and the rest is all noodles in their bowls. There are spicy oils and powders on the table that you can add to your bowl.

Overall, this place is decent. I would’ve liked it better had they given everyone more meat and cut down on the amount of noodles. $10+ a bowl with nothing but noodle and broth seems a bit much, don’t you think?

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