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Umami Founder's Next Play Is a Noodle and Sushi Mash-Up Restaurant in Culver City

The restaurant quietly opened yesterday

Ramen Roll, Culver City
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Culver City’s newest restaurant savior is here, with Ramen Roll quietly opening up for service to the public as of yesterday.

The just-off-downtown Culver newcomer takes over the short-lived Picnic LA space, and comes courtesy of Umami and 800 Degrees co-founder Adam Fleischman. He’s partnered with Andy Gavin and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, the former Hump chef behind the exclusive Yamakase restaurant on Olympic.

So what to expect from Ramen Roll? Well as the name predicts, this is a restaurant heavy on noodles and sushi. The former uses a mix broth of seafood, chicken, and vegetables (though vegan and veggie options are available), and can be customized with Jidori chicken, chasu pork, and even foie gras. As for the raw fish side, expect handfuls of hand rolls (priced at $12 for three, $18 for five, etc.) served omakase style, or combo meals that include small bowls of ramen alongside a pairing of rolls. The full menu, including beer, wine, and coffee, can be found here.

Food forum junkies have already caught some of the food, with mostly mixed results (and high prices), but some positive words for the ramen itself.

For now, Ramen Roll is keeping lunch hours only from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to their website. Assuming all goes well they’ll be adding dinner shortly, which is good news for folks in Culver City still looking for more quality places to spend their evenings out.

Ramen Roll
9900 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA