Do the Noodle Dance

Anyone remember the noodle dance from PB&J Otter? So cute!

When the iconic vintage clothing store, Someone Else’s Clothing, closed on Magnolia Blvd in NoHo, we were anxious to see what would take over the empty space. So when we got word in July of 2013 that it was going to be some kind of ramen house, we were pretty excited.

Patiently we waited… and waited… and WAITED… until FINALLY when we were on our way to Poquito Mas to grab a quick Easter Dinner, we noticed a glowing red “open” sign.

Tamashii Ramen has another location in Sherman Oaks, but since we rarely venture west of Coldwater, I can’t compare the two. The NoHo location has yet to have it’s own website though, and in comparing the menu online it looks fairly similar except for a couple Chinese/Japanese hybrid options that seem to only be at the NoHo spot.

Since Easter, we’ve been back almost once a week… sometimes twice! Our most recent visit I thought to take some pictures and do a proper write up since there really isn’t one other than Yelp reviews.

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Tamashii Ramen House is an adorable spot located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District on Magnolia between Lankershim and Vineland. It’s walking distance to the Metro Red Line and has a good amount of metered parking both on Magnolia and the side streets.

The decor is simple and rustic with a number of wooden tables and booths and some art pieces on the walls.

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Isn’t he cute? He’s covering up the kitchen/sushi bar area, but they never seem to seat anyone there; it’s used mostly as a place for extra plates right now.

No beer, wine or liquor but they do have some pretty spectacular iced green tea, as well as some colorful sodas and interesting coffee drinks. I’ve never tasted anything pictured below because I’m hooked on the tea, but I’m sure my adventurous side will come out one of these days.

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They offer a huge variety of ramen choices with a number of broth options, including different variations of pork, chicken and vegetable broths. Also on the menu are some sushi rolls, rice bowls, udon soups, a spicy noodle dish, and a variety of appetizers.

Our past couple visits, we’ve shared the Tamashii Combo for two which includes a seaweed cucumber salad, chicken wontons, pork gyoza and pork chashu ramen.

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Seaweed salad is pretty hard to mess up, but I love that it’s included. It makes me feel less bad about eating THE BEST PORK GYOZA I’VE EVER TASTED. These crispy beauties are filled with succulent ground pork and spices, wrapped up and deep fried to perfection. They’re complemented by a spicy mayo that rounds out the flavors beautifully. The chicken wontons are also delicious; steamed, not fried, they’re juicy inside with a wrapper that melts in your mouth.

Let’s talk ramen.

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The balance of flavors in each bowl of ramen is unbelievable. The soft boiled egg is creamy and amazing, and the crispy onions are perfectly paired with the salty broth.

I spoke with the head chef on one visit and he explained that each broth is cooked down for hours until the perfect taste is achieved, and it is then strained to get the proper silky texture.

So far, my favorite is the spicy miso ramen which includes both ground and braised pork in a pork miso broth topped with veggies and spicy chili paste. It has a good amount of heat and the combination of textures from the two kinds of pork is really satisfying. Plus there are vegetables among the perfectly cooked noodles, so you can pretend it’s healthy.

Runner up is the spicy tuna bowl – spicy tuna sashimi atop a bed of sushi rice with some veggies as well. It’s a HUGE portion for the price and it definitely satisfies a sushi craving.

One thing I will say is that the first couple visits it was clear some of the servers were first-timers… however, with each visit they have shown a lot of improvement and overall the service is great.

Tamashii Ramen has a a nice ambiance and is a great spot to eat whether you’re by yourself or with a big group. The price range is incredibly reasonable (around $11 for a bowl of ramen) which leaves some dollars in your pocket to hit up Brickyard for post-dinner drinks.

It definitely fills the noodle sized gap that had been present in NoHo and with a 4.5 rating on Yelp, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about it disappearing anytime soon.

Tamashii Ramen House
11024 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-2388

*Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for this post in any way, and have no affiliation or relationship with the businesses mentioned.

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