Yes, it is.
Here are 5 reasons why you should stand curbside for upwards of an hour or more like a hard working hooker in the Tenderloin.
5 Reasons Why Mensho is Worth the Wait:
- TOKYO BASED: Mensho is a Japanese based ramen chain from Tokyo, Japan that was founded in 2005.
- INNOVATION: The founder, Tomoharu Shono is a ramen innovator, and he offers up a lamb, wagyu, matsutake tori paitan, to matcha ramen.
- FIRST U.S. LOCATION: This is the first U.S. location for Mensho, but he owns and operates Menya Shono pork/fish (tonkotsu gyokai) ramen, Gachi chicken (tori paitan) ramen, Gotsubo vegetable ramen, Abura Soba Gachi soupless ramen, Mensho Tokyo lamb ramen, Mensho farm to bowl ramen, Hashi to Renge spice ramen
- ONE OF, IF NOT THE BEST IN THE U.S.: Mensho is definitely in my top 5 in the United States, if not top 3. That is to be expected tho in contrast to all of the “instant ramen” places opening up all over the country because Mensho epitomizes Japanese culture and ramen craft that is infused into each bowl they serve up.
- YOU ONLY NEED FOUR REASONS: but 4 is a bad luck number in Japan and many other Asian countries, so I am adding a 5th one to appease the goodluck gods (you’re welcome)
I stayed an extra day in the city just to eat at Mensho because I just happened to be here on a Monday, the day they are closed.
Almost everybody here is waiting to get their order, and if you are not a total focktard, you get up after you are done eating to make room for everybody waiting in line.
It is silly to think that in the midwest instant ramen restaurants will be able to charge upwards of $18 for ramen because it is under the guise that is anything like Mensho *laughing hysterically.*
Now that is a spoon because Santouka in Costa Mesa can’t seem to provide bigger spoons (the cheap disposable plastic ones just don’t cut it), but I think people either steal them or dump them in the trash.
Chashu for ramen is typically pork that can range from pork belly, shoulder, to pork cheek although the pork alternatives are chicken and duck.
There are only two Japanese ramen ya’s that charge this much and they are Mensho and Ichiran in New York ($18.90), and if you think any authentic Japanese ramen ya charges this much, they don’t. On average, expect to pay about $9 to $12 in LA.
Now get out there hooker, go work that line.
Mensho Tokyo SF