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Mottainai Ramen is a fairly new restaurant in the Pacific Square Shopping Center in Gardena off Redondo Beach Blvd. In the same complex as Pacific Market.
I had the Monttainai Ramen which is the Yokohama style – a heavy and rich pork broth with big slices of roasted pork, spinach, green onions and nori. Alana had the Shoyu ramen that had roasted pork, bamboo shoots, green onions and nori. For a shoyu broth, it was still very rich and tasty. The noodles were a thicker style and perfect al-dente. We just had the small bowls but for 1.50 more you can have a large size. You can also add other toppings on request. They also have appetizers, rice bowls, curry, beer and sake. They also have a Sapporo style (miso) and one called Gardena style (spicy miso) and these flavor “bombs” you can order to add in the ramen. We will be returning to try other items for sure. The ambiance is also very nice and the staff very friendly with great service.
The Pacific Square is also a great destination since they have Book Off (used manga and Japanese books/videos), the supermarket to stock up on Japanese food, bakery and boba shop. Don’t forget Beard Papa (the best cream puffs anywhere!) inside the supermarket.
Jade introduced us to Gardena Ramen and it has also become one of our favorite places. This night that we came, it was a one man operation – waiter, cook and cashier all into one. Ramen is a Japanese wheat noodle soup served with a few simple toppings. There is no menu here except for what is written on the walls. You can order 2 types – either shoyu or miso ramen. Both are very good! They come with sliced green scallions, bamboo shoots, pork, and half of a hard-boiled egg on top. The shoyu version is very flavorful – rich tasting but not heavy. The miso is very high quality – tangy, bright flavor and not heavy. Miso done at other places are sometimes over-cooked reducing the flavor and beneficial properties. The noodles are al dente and absolutely perfect. Perfectly flavored soup and perfectly textured noodles – can’t ask for more! Maybe this is why that is all they serve…
You can also order fried gyoza (potstickers) as an appetizer for $3.50. The ramen is $6.50 and for $1 more a large bowl. We have never ordered large or have seen other diners with the large size and we always leave full! They also serve Asahi beer and soft drinks.
Gardena Ramen is on the SW corner of Western Ave. and 182nd St. in Torrance just north of the 405 freeway – same shopping center as the 99 Cent Store.