A pretty decent Ramen upgrade in Old Town Pasadena.
The good thing about Naga Naga Ramen is that we finally have a place in Pasadena that gives us the wonderful variety of Japanese Ramen dishes that are out there, that at least feels authentic and isn’t called Noodle World (sorry Noodle World). If you’re looking for a nice quick, hot bowl of Ramen, this is definitely the place for that.
But if you’re looking for a great bowl of Ramen, this place may not cut it.
Look, after going to Orochon Ramen in Little Tokyo, I know what this stuff is supposed to taste like. Naga Naga is very nice, very colorful and very comfortable, it just…well…doesn’t exactly pop with flavor, and the good Ramen I had in the past has done that. I don’t want to put it all on the restaurant yet, because it could be what I ordered, maybe I didn’t communicate something to the Waitstaff, who knows.
But if you look at the menu, you’ll see Japanese Ramen dishes made by people who at least know what Ramen dishes are supposed to look like. Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to drive into the middle of Downtown Los Angeles, shelling out eight bucks to park.
So that’s Naga Naga Ramen’s story. It’s…okay. It’s certainly better than meh. If you want Ramen and you’re in Pasadena, this is your best bet. If you want to the good stuff, that may require a trip deeper into San Gabriel or all the way down to Little Tokyo.
WHAT SHOULD I ORDER?: Well, I had the Miso Ramen which was pretty good, all things considered, which comes with BBQ pork slices, ground pork, seaweed, cabbage and boiled egg in Miso-based broth. And there’s also the Shoyu Pork Ramen (anything with Pork is going to demand my attention), which comes with with sliced BBQ pork, fish cake, bamboo, seaweed and boiled egg in a Shoyu (Soy) Broth.
PARKING: Naga Naga is smack in the middle of the action on Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena, so consult the Pasadena Parking Map. The Schoolhouse remains a cheap option.
Naga Naga Ramen
49 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
11 AM – 10 PM
Saturday and Sunday until 11 PM
Alhambra(I’m hearing through Urbanspoon, that this location is closed.)
46 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
11 AM to 10 PM Daily
Friday and Saturday until 11 PM