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Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

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2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-7373
http://www.tsujita-la.com
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best tsukemen you will ever have. the tsukemen was really good and will definitely come back for moreee! the wait always goes by pretty fast, and usually the service is usually ... Read more
okay. even with the awful wait, still an amazing experience!!!!!!!!! So fresh and authentic. highly recommended!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles is hands down the best place to go for Tsukemen if thats your thing. Seriously, do not come here to eat their Ramen, always get hteir Tsukemen! If you want Ramen, go somewhere else.

So whats so good about their Tsukemen? Well they cook their broth for a minimum of 72 hours which ensures that all of the pork flavors come out of the bones and you get a very rich and creamy dipping sauce for the noodles that they give you. All of the Char Siu that they provide is also very tender and flavorful.

They do suggest that you try dipping the noodles without using lime at first. But after you're halfway through, to then squeeze the lime over your noodles which will add a different dimension of flavor to your palate. I personally really like having the lime on top of my noodles when I dip them. The lime helps cut the oil of the dipping sauce.

This place only accepts cash. So if you plan to dine here, do come prepared. I believe there is an ATM inside the restaurant or right around the corner if you need one, but don't be that person haha.

Also this place is open very late on most days, so if it's late at night and you're looking for food, you may want ot consider Tsujita.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The Tsujita LA is a popular ramen spot for very good reasons. Freshness and deliciousness. Their specialty is the dipping style ramen.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Tsujita is a very popular ramen restaurant. Their speciality in dipping style ramen. Price is little higher then other place. But the unique factor is worth to try for any ramen fan out there. Their ramen noodle is excellent and the broth is unique l. However their rice bowl is weak.

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Irvine, California, USA

Simply the best! Bravo! Just drop the mic and walk it out. I had Japanese food before but I haven't been to heaven. I am not talking about eating sushi off of a lady or a heaven on earth massage parlor. I am talking about Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle. It is worth traveling to the dark side for this place. I am willing to "drive to LA" for this place if you live in Orange County this is the highest compliment you can give to anything in LA. By drive of course I mean sit on the parking lot called the 405N and after many hours arrive in a city in a galaxy far far away.

The Char Sui Tsukemen item that I wisely selected after careful checking the menu. I don't like trying new things without a recommendation but sometimes I just have to grow up from eating ramen all the time and step it with a nirvana pork experience. I like how the noodles are served separate from the pork preventing the soggy noodles. Also the dry noodles really combines well with the sauce it force you to enjoy and savor every bite the true Japanese way. Often when eating Japanese food I don't take my time at Shabu I always cook the whole plate of meat verse just sweeping in the water one piece at a time. Adding this pork dish to my list of reasons why I choose to eat meat. When I think of dipping the noodles in the pork stew sauce base I want to take it to a place nice a quiet and nobody better interrupt ain't gotta rush I just wanna take it nice and slow. I do feel like Usher. There are so many love songs that can't describe my passion for this dish. Yikes I totally dated myself. Shaking my head. Most young thangs from UCLA that are going to college and eating here were born around the year Usher's You Make Me Wanna CD came out. What's a CD? Aiysh! I don't hate yah just love to date yah. Do your thing don't mind me. And Usher is the guy in the Chris Brown New Flame song not the fat one.

The restaurant is quite small and may require a long wait. Lucky for my party we waited about 25 minutes and we signed up for the list before a mad rush of people started arriving. This is located next to a pho restaurant that is also equally packed but pho can be eaten almost anywhere. Great Japanese noodles are a little more difficult to find.

There is nothing better than eating good food with friends. This restaurant can highly recommended by a trust foodie friend of mine. He has been dying to read my review and I won't let him down. I have a feeling that other people will enjoy this restaurant and if you don't that's perfect because the wait time will be shorter for me.

I can't wait to go back again. Too bad it's so far away. I buy you drive? Sounds like a deal.

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San Francisco, California, USA

This place has ruined me for every other ramen restaurant in the Bay Area...what I had as "tsukemen" here in San Francisco was NOTHING like the bowl of perfection that I had at Tsujita.

We made this our first stop when we arrived in LA, as it was just 10 minutes from our hotel. There was a line on Thanksgiving day - we wrote our names down and waited, took about 20 minutes. They take your order before you sit down, so you don't wait too long for the food to arrive. The noodles are thick with a lot of density - great texture. The broth was thick enough to stick to the noodle, each bite full of flavor.

And that egg? Food pr0n at its finest.

Completely worth the 5.5 hour drive from San Francisco.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Last night we were five zombies sitting here. All drunk and someone ordered something. I just know we had a bowl with noodles and meat and then another bowl with soup so you can dip the noodles in to eat it.

It was really good. Because we just had BBQ an hour ago this was enough, but when you come here hungry, then I think you need to order more, because the bowls are really small.

But nevertheless it was really delicious.

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Local from San Pedro, California, USA

best tsukemen you will ever have.
the tsukemen was really good and will definitely come back for moreee!
the wait always goes by pretty fast, and usually the service is usually okay.
even with the awful wait, still an amazing experience!!!!!!!!! So fresh and authentic. highly recommended!

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Anaheim, California, USA

LONG WAIT. But the Tsukeman ramen is absolutely worth it! Tasty broth and pork!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Cold noodles dipped in heavy, gravy-like, salty, and LUKEWARM soup is simply disgusting. Especially on a breezy day where I was looking forward to something soupy and warm, it just didn't hit the spot for me. The noodles are just ok, they're thicker than noodles served at Daikokuya or Shinsengumi, which makes them a lot more filling but not necessarily any different in texture nor taste. Unnecessary intake of carbs angers me. It reminded me of those "spaghetti" noodles that are served at Cantonese cafes on a hot plate w/ hot pepper sauce. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating but that's what it reminded me of, and I'm a noob at tsukemen, so I can't compare it to anything else. I walked out of here totally unsatisfied and hating how i waited a good 30+ minutes before being seated. The tuna bowl is also a joke. I don't get why this place is so popular, i just don't get it. If the whole "tsukemen experience" is filling yourself up with lukewarm food then I don't want to experience it again. Let me know if there's another spot that I should try out before adding tsukemen to my list of no bueno.

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Local from Los Angeles

I love this area, so many different restaurants that I want to try them all.

First things first, they take your order outside so that the food comes as quick as possible when you sit down.

Since there is only about 20 seats they try to push customers in and out! (reminds me of my server days at a Japanese Ramen Restaurant)

This is an extension of the original restaurant across the street.

Regular size bowls were 10-12, and large were 14-16

The large size is huge! enough to share with someone so you can enjoy other items on the menu. OR get 2 large and split between three people.

The Char - Siu pork is tasty! head across the street for dessert at block heads! Sawtelle is like better than Little Toyko at this point!

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New Delhi, India

a different type of ramen place compared to the noodle soup options. tsukemen ramen is noodles dipped in a rich fatty pork tonkotsu reduction. the noodles are chilled and perfectly al dente. get the egg add on

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Local from Sherman Oaks, California, USA

I watched a documentary on Netflix where they had Tsukemen in Tokyo and I immediately wanted to have some. There's no other place in LA that's better known for their Tsukemen than Tsujita so my boyfriend and I made our way to Sawtelle in crazy traffic just to sample some.

I had heard that the wait on weekends can be pretty bad here and I can see why. The place is tiny. They did open the Tsujita Annex diagonally across the street but I have yet to peek in there. Since it was a weekday, we were able to grab the last 2 spots at the counter.

I had the Tsukemen while my boyfriend had the char siu ramen. I didn't care for the broth on their regular ramen too much. I prefer richer darker broth.

As for the Tsukemen, when I had the first bite, I was a little overwhelmed by the intense bonito flavor of the broth. It was very seafood-y. However, after I added lime to the noodle as recommended, the flavor balanced out extremely well. I thoroughly enjoyed my ramen to the last bite.

The restaurant is cash only. Parking used to be a pain but they have free valet parking with validation now. It's located behind the building.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This was my first time trying tsukemen-style ramen, which is where you have a bowl of plain noodles and a separate bowl of broth, which you use to dip the noodles in before eating. Depending on what you get, the broth comes with pork, egg, etc. The broth is WAY thicker/salter/richer than regular ramen, so don't drink it on its own or you'll feel like you've just eaten a salt lick. The noodles were really amazing - soft, thick, and chewy. The broth was lovely, but again, it's all very rich so I don't think I could eat here unless I was really in the mood. Also, the seating inside is pretty cramped, so be prepared to sit about half a foot away from strangers.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Yummm. Some people at UCLA call this place the best ramen in LA, though the title is a controversial one.

I recommend getting the dipping noodles as those are what Tsujita is known for. The portion is huge, so most couples can share. The broth is extremely rich, so be careful! Also, they will ask you how spicy you want your noodles, and their version of "mild" is pretty spicy.

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Madison, AL

Cash only.

Overall awesomely great broth - hearty, garlicky, fatty delicious.
The ramen noodles themselves were a bit on the thick side for me.
I personally like thinner noodles and more soup.

Service was also on par. Tuesday night there was a big line and it was cold. They offered heating lamps and circulated the area with hot tea to the customers. Also, they took your order ahead of time so that by the time you sat down, the food is at your table within (what seemed like) seconds.

They encourage you to add these chili pepper seasoning and minced garlic to your soup. The pepper seasoning does add heat. One tbsp was enough for me and I love spicy!

Yummy and in a great area. Parking can be hard to find so be prepared to walk.

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First of all Sawtelle is one of my absolute favorite places to chow in LA. On my top 5 is Tsujita LA amazing Japanese noodles on the west side.

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Chino, California, USA

The website needs to be updated to reflect items no longer offered

Oyako Bowl (Salmon & Salmon Roe) $10 half portion: I liked the Salmon Roe but the rest of the dish was bland

Spicy Tuna Bowl $9 half portion: This portion is equivalent to a snack not a light lunch

Service was a bit odd...servers weren't sure when to pick up the check or when to clear our plates

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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Yes! Finally got a chance to come here! Our initial choice for lunch was closed for the day, so we walked down the block here. This is the best thing about Sawtelle--SO MANY OPTIONS for Japanese (and non-Japanese) food and desserts. We got so lucky; right when we got seated, a line started forming. We took the last table on the patio.

I went with the Tsukemen since that's what they're known for. The Ajitama Tsukemen did not disappoint. The egg was perfectly funny on the inside, yum! The broth was pretty thick and fatty (from being stewed for 60 hours mmmmm). The only thing is, I ended up eating slower (dipping the noodles in the broth one bite at a time) and got full halfway through. I have small-tummy problems.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

YUMMM delicious flavor, but lots of msg. Wanted to take a nap almost right away. Love all the unlimited condiments tho!! Had almost the whole jar of pickled ginger. Mm mm!

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Local from Los Angeles

Really good ramen place in Little Osaka on Sawtelle!

I am normally not a huge fan of Asian noodle dishes, such as pho, ramen, etc., but I had friends visiting from out of town and they wanted to go here for lunch. One of my friends had been here before, so he told us all about the restaurant and what he recommended.

There are two Tsujita locations on Sawtelle. This location is the main one, and when it gets too crowded, people go to the other location (The Annex) which is just across the street from the original location. My friend also told me that The Annex is better to go to if you're dining by yourself, or only with one other person because they don't have much seating for larger parties. I thought that was interesting because I didn't see any tables at this Tsujita that could hold more than 4-6 people, and this one is supposedly more accommodating towards larger parties!

I have always driven by this Tsujita while perusing Sawtelle, and there is ALWAYS a line! We went on a Saturday afternoon around 1-1:30pm, and we waited at least half an hour to get seated. There were four of us in our party. When we were ready to get seated, the seating hostess made us place our orders before she showed us to our table.

I ended up getting the Char Siu Tsukemen ($13.95), which was one of the dipping dishes where your broth/soup and your noodles/meat come in different bowls, and you have to gradually dip your noodles into the broth as you eat. Why it's separated and not all lumped together into one bowl is a mystery to me, but I'm pretty white-washed so I could just be ignorant/oblivious, hahaha. This particular Char Siu Tsukemen was the dipping ramen that came with a seasoned boiled egg and char siu (slices of barbecued pork).

This ramen was probably the best ramen I've ever had, which isn't really saying much since I've rarely had ramen in my entire life, but I think a lot of people on Yelp would still probably agree. The broth was on the thicker side and had a great variety of flavor. I also liked how my noodles were thicker than the ones that came with the Tonkotsu Ramen. The little wedge of lime gave the noodles a good flavor and the pork was definitely one of my favorite parts of the dish. My only complaint about the dish was that it took a really long time to eat and I had a hard time transferring noodles from bowl to bowl and whatnot, but if you are an experienced chopstick user/ramen eater then I'm sure you'll be fine! :P

Two of my friends got the Tonkotsu Ramen and they both agreed that it was AMAZING, and far better than any other ramen place they've ever tried. One of my friends pretty much inhaled her ramen because it was so delicious!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Tsujita. I was never a big fan of ramen, but this place has definitely changed my mind. The only things I didn't love were that the line was long, that the ramen was kinda difficult/laborious to eat, and it's CASH ONLY, but other than that I really enjoyed it! 4 stars.

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