Good Ramen…in Temple City.
The official position of Is It Any Good, is that we likey the Ramen. But we were a mite perturbed when one of our favorite Ramen places, Orochon Ramen didn’t the cut of the Zagat’s Top 7 Ramen places in Los Angeles. (Top ten, maybe?)
Still, Ajisen Ramen did. And as we eat more and more of the stuff, we understand why.
My first trip was to the Century City location, which, since it’s in the mall, has a limited menu. It has my Premium Pork Ramen, but if you want to expand your palate, try some of Ajisen’s Izakaya items, you need to go to one of their full on locations. The San Gabriel location is a full on location. The Temple City location? Full on. Here, you get a wealth of more options. Best of all, you still get that creamy, almost buttery stock (from what I understand was from the Kyushu Region of Japan).
I swear. This had to have been a Pizza Hut at one point. It just has that structure, that DNA. Inside, it’s total Ajisen Ramen, right down to the history of Ajisen Bowls wall display.
The options at Ajisen aren’t as wide or diverse as you’re find at a place like Orochon Ramen (and you’re also lacking the distinct Ainu influence). There you have to build your bowl from scratch, pick the broth, pick the spice level, pick your extras. At Ajisen, it’s all ready made: Pork, Premium Pork, Spicy Pork, Beef, Chicken. Still, there’s lots to love…and I’ve been back enough to where the Staff at the San Gabriel location knows me by sight. Now that I’ve been to the Temple City location, whenever I’m in that part of town, and start getting that Ramen craving; that’s where you’ll find me.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I always run with the Premium Pork Ramen (three good words right there). Buttery, creamy goodness in a bowl…and that’s just the Pork, wait till you get a load of the broth! The broth! But really, you’re not going to go too wrong whichever way you go. They’re clearly advertising other more-Japanese items than the average Food Court Vet is used to having on their menus: like Eel, but that’s nothing but a good thing.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: There really isn’t any problems I can tell from the Temple City location. It’s easy to Park (see below), easy to get into, etc. Just bear it mind that even though you’re in the heart of the Chinese Community here in Los Angeles, this place is still WAY popular.
Also, as of the publication of this article, the Ajisen website was not working. Will try to replace links if site has moved.
PARKING: The Temple City Location was apparently a Pizza Hut at one point, before falling into the loving embrace of the Ajisen brand. There is plenty of free parking, though I can see it getting way crowded. Options outside the lot may involve parking along Encinita or Las Tunas itself.
9202 Las Tunas Dr.
Temple City, CA
Tel: (626) 292-3888