There’s simply never enough ramen for Sawtelle Japantown, a fact made even more abundantly clear with the arrival of Tentenyu just yesterday.
Originally from Japan, Tentenyu began in Kyoto as a small stall in front of a train station in 1971. Since then, it has grown into a powerhouse of all things ramen, but this marks the company’s first stateside outlet. The space they now occupy, between La Grange Ave. and Mississippi Ave. on Sawtelle, was formerly Slicetruck, though that operation has since moved around the way into new digs. Nathan Asamoto, who previously worked at Men Oh and was on the opening team at Ramen Champ, is leading the charge here.
The focus at Tentenyu is on chicken ramen, with the broth made from scratch and boiled for ten hours, until it becomes rich in the same way you might think of pork-based ramen to be. The regular chicken ramen is called tori paitan, and runs a cool $10, though there are other options like tsukemen dip ramen and chashu bowls.
Tentenyu is already planning to keep nearly around-the-clock hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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