Sunday, June 28, 2009

Best Ramen in California?

We often drive down to Torrance/ Gardena on Saturdays mornings to go to Torrance Farmers' Market, Meiji Tofu, Marukai, and then do brunch at Otafuku. That's our normal routine, but today, instead of Otafuku, we decided to drive down to check out Ramen California (24231 Crenshaw Blvd. #C) after the farmers' market.

This is a brand new ramen house by Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura, who is one of the most famous ramen chefs in Japan. It's his first US restaurant and where he is making an experimental attempt to create "California" style ramen.

I had their signature California Ramen (with addition of chicken) and was totally blown away!! It was truly amazing, and it's beyond fusion or ramen. I thought the ramen was a masterpiece of culinary art. The toppings consist of 20+ different kinds of organic vegetables. The chicken broth was so deep and complex. And the organic homemade noodles had the perfect texture.

My husband had the Masala Curry Ramen (with addition of chicken) and he loved it, too.