Monday, November 28, 2011

Take a Dip at Ikemen Ramen

Ikemen is "The Dip Ramen".  The new ramen spot recently opened up a stone's throw from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in a minimall at the intersection of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard.  The specialty of the house is dip ramen, in which the noodles are served alongside, rather than in the ramen soup.

I am happy to report that there are ample choices for fans of chicken ramen.  For pork-challenged ramen fans, this is an occasion to celebrate.  The Chicken #1 Dip is made with chicken broth, thick chewy noodles and grilled chicken.  I added Onsen Tamago, a hot poached egg, for $1 more.  There are ample noodles provided, so much so that I ended up ordering extra broth to finish them all.  The noodles are significantly chewier than those used in the "Genuine Ramen."  I began by using the broth as a sauce and dipped the noodles and then ate them; then progressed to putting the noodles into the broth and eating it as a soup.

The dip ramen was good but I confess to preferring the Chicken Miso Ramen, among the Genuine Ramens. It was made with chicken broth, green onions, thin noodles and grilled chicken.  The miso broth was intensely flavored and the thinner noodles were less chewy than the dipping version, which I find preferable. 

Dip ramens are $9 and genuine ramens are $8.  All in all I can see the chicken miso ramen joining my regular rotation of casual inexpensive spots.  As a bonus, the restaurant is open very late.  Ikemen is small, fewer than a dozen seats at tables and two counter areas.  No fuss, reasonably priced, delicious and friendly service.

Ikemen: 1655 N. La Brea, Hollywood.  Phone: (323) 800-7669.  Website:

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