Monday, August 16, 2010

Ramen Jinya

This summer has not been the most exciting for me in terms of food, but I am quite thrilled to have a new place to blog about: Ramen Jinya. My experience with Studio City restaurants has been a mixed bag and although there have been a few high notes amid the chain-heavy neighborhood, I've largely been disappointed. Happy to report, however, that Ramen Jinya is solid and will most likely become a craving-buster haven for me, especially in the colder months (or as "cold" as it gets in Southern California).

ramenjinya tonkotsu ramen

I'm not particular about having typical breakfast items for my first meal of the day (which goes back to my childhood of Saturdays eating cold pizza while watching cartoons), so I was quite game for a weekend brekkie of ramen. I ordered the ramen/ crispy chicken/salad combo for $12.50. For the ramen, the two options are Jinya (chicken broth and chicken meatball) or tonkotsu (pork broth and chashu); it wasn't a question for me, I went with the pork and did not regret it. The broth was rich, but not overwhelming, though as is the case with all Japanese ramen, I always have to drink water with the meal and I love salt (just an FYI).

ramenjinya crispy chicken

The crispy chicken had great flavor, marinated in a soy/ginger concoction, but as it was white meat, the pieces were a teensy bit dry. Still, I was in the mood for fried poultry, so I was a happy camper. I was very hungry when I walked in, so this amount of food was perfect (the salad was a basic green salad with an Asian dressing, but no pictures because they were out of focus). I enjoyed Ramen Jinya quite a lot and if people aren't already encountering waits at peak times, I have a feeling that will be the case very soon. Hmm, perhaps I've found a new breakfast joint?

Ramen Jinya
11239 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
818-980-3977

10 comments:

weezermonkey said...

Yet another thumbs up for this place! Do I *have* to go allll the way to Studio City?!

Hey, when are we eating together again?

bagnatic said...

this sounds like a good deal and yummy too. studio city.....man!

Esi said...

Ramen for breakfast?! Yes, please!!!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Can I just say ditto to WeezerMonkey's comment? :P

Marie said...

Weezermonkey and Wandering Chopsticks: Listen, I want to get AYCE Korean BBQ happening real soon!

Bagnatic: Well, if you're out that way, try it? :P

Esi: Ramen for breakfast appeals to many, I'm sure. Let's make it a new thing!

sinosoul.com said...

I s'pose if the Vietnamese folks can eat pho for breakfast, why not ramen? That said, Studio City... for ramen... you're a trooper.

Anna A. said...

That is some good lookin ramen!

Marie said...

SinoSoul: Studio City isn't that far for me!

Anna A.: It's the good stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

nelehelen said...

seems like everyone has been eating here besides me! studio city is just so far tho....

Marie said...

Nelehelen: Well, hopefully at some point, an errand or social engagement will take you to Studio City and you can make a ramen detour!