I think it’s safe to say Costa Mesa is up there with Torrance and Little Tokyo as ramen house hotbeds. Santouka, Kitakata, Ramen Yamadaya are at the top. I’ll throw Shin Sen Gumi in there, but it’s technically in Fountain Valley. Now Hakata Ikkousha can be added to that list. But at a starting price of $9 a bowl, it is sure to be the most expensive bowl in town. Like any good Japanese restaurant, the place is frickin’ small and you can expect to wait for a table. It’s not a horrendous wait (at least for me that night it wasn’t), but I’ve heard there can be a line out the door even before the place opens for lunch.
Hakata like all the other aforementioned joints specialize in tonkotsu ramen. Like Shin Sen Gumi, you can customize your broth and noodles. You can also add extra toppings for few bucks here and there. If you went to town, you could easily end up with a bowl over $30! Lo-Ma Linda with Big Head TalksAlot’s mini me in tow joined me for a first time visit here.
I almost never order gyoza, but some Yelpers delighted in the crispy skin and juicy filling. The skin was crispy but the filling was so small. I’m not expert in gyoza so I can’t really say how this compares to other places.
It’s hard to pinpoint how the shio compares to the regular tonkotsu. I just know I liked the regular better.
The broth at Hakata is especially rich. The chasu is not super duper fatty. We’re doing good so far!
7 – Good
4 – Not bad