Saikai Ramen Bar
Tucked away in a K-Town strip mall, Saikai Ramen Bar tends to fly under the radar, but every single person who slurps down the shoyu tonkotsu (a delightful 24-hour broth filled with tender pork belly and crunchy wood ear mushrooms) can’t stop singing its praises. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the restaurant effortlessly blends traditional Japanese techniques, the couple’s Korean heritage, and seasonal California produce. Once you’ve graduated from their signature dish, try the broth-free mazemen (which includes spicy ground pork belly, umami-boosting fish powder, crunchy julienne cucumbers, and a vivid seasoned egg yolk) or the gyukotsu ramen (which gives you the option to add buttery Miyazaki A5 wagyu ribeye cap to a 36-hour beef bone marrow broth).
How to order: Walk-ins only for dine in. Call 323-378-6518 for takeout; order for delivery via UberEats and other apps.