Urban Ramen, the hip new ramen joint that was once Takara on Sunset is now serving to noodle slurpers and the late-night Hollywood crowd. The revamp and re-concept comes by way of Kohei Robert, whose background in the fashion industry is realized in the urban design.
Kohei, born in the States but raised in Japan, says he wanted to bring a fresh take to what he considered to be Takara's stale concept. The most notable aspect of his design is without a doubt the leafy hedge walls that cover the exterior, which stand in stark contrast to the raw materials that pervade the interior: exposed wood beams, brick walls, and sleek metal furniture.
Executive Chef Yohei Uchida cut his teeth at Daikokuya, then manned the kitchen at Takara before transitioning to the new concept. Urban Ramen's refreshed menu offers pork, chicken, and vegetable-based ramen along with a variety of reasonably priced rolls and rice bowls. Popular items include the spicy miso ramen, Urban Roll with albacore, and Salmon Spicy Tuna Roll.
Urban Ramen expects to receive their liquor license in February, at which point the Japanese movies playing on the large screen TVs will switch to sports, and sake and beer will flow freely.
The restaurant is open Monday - Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
7300 W Sunset Blvd Ste A
Los Angeles, CA 90046