Ramen Yamadaya

Ramen Yamadaya OC

Ramen Yamadaya OC is located in a pretty busy shopping center in Costa Mesa. There’s even other locations all throughout Cali. Southern California has been so hot lately, but we all decided to check this place out.

There was a few people waiting ahead of us so it took a while to be seated but it was worth the wait.

Ramen Yamadaya Menu

Ramen Yamadaya Menu

As we waited, we checked out the menu. I was debating on ordering ramen or the bento box. Of course the popular choice would be the ramen.

KARA-AGE CHICKEN

KARA-AGE CHICKEN

I ordered the KARA-AGE CHICKEN and rice “bento” plate which comes with fried chicken, rice, and a cabbage salad. I really liked the “cole slaw” which was just cabbage and this awesome Japanese salad dressing. The fried chicken was good but it was lacking flavor. I sprinkled some spice to it which made it a bit better.
TONKOTSU SPICY

Ramen Yamadaya OC TONKOTSU SPICY

Fiance ordered the TONKOTSU SPICY. I was surprised at the amount of spice in the soup. Just look at that dollop of spicy paste and oil. I noticed the noddle is quite similar to Shin-Sen-Gumi as it’s straight. But he did prefer Shin-Sen-Gumi noodle.

CHASHU PORK

CHASHU PORK

He also ordered a side of the CHASHU PORK. Yum, these chashu pork just melts in your mouth and there was enough to share with everyone.

 watermelon drink

Ramen Yamadaya watermelon drink

The fiance and I tried the watermelon drink which was super refreshing. It was their new drink and I just had to have it. Unfortunately it costs extra for re-fills but I think one is enough since it’s somewhat sweet.
Vintage Japanese poster

Vintage Japanese poster

There are decor all around the restaurant of old vintage Japanese posters.
Yamadaya Buns

Yamadaya Buns

I would like to try this place out when it’s not too hot outside and feel in the mood for ramen. Next time I’ll be sure to try out these Yamadaya buns as well!
Ramen Yamadaya is located at Stater Bros., 1175 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
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