Though the young crowd and nifty iPad ordering stations might have you reminiscing on your years in college, this isn’t your average dorm room ramen. Tatsu’s bowls of ramen are brimming with a flavorful broth, easily customizable ingredients, and noodles with just the right amount of chew. Try their Bold for a rich, umami punch or their Old Skool for a mellow, soul-warming meal.
Tatsu Ramen, 2123 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, + 1 310 684-2889
Seoul House of Tofu
Attempting to choose between the countless Korean BBQ restaurants lining the streets of K-Town can be just as daunting as tackling a giant mound of extra spicy kimchi. But, if you want to enjoy some solid Korean fare on the Westside, Seoul House of Tofu puts out a wealth of banchan (those small side dishes of kimchi, vegetables, glass noodles, and assorted bites typically served with every meal) and a mean bowl of Soon Tofu stew served in a piping hot stone bowl.
Seoul House of Tofu, 2101 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, + 1 310 444-9988
Inspired by Taiwan’s official name (The Republic of China, not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China), ROC Kitchen brings solace to those on the Westside craving soup dumplings without having to make the trek to the famed Din Tai Fung. Beyond their xiao long bao, ROC’s menu is home to plenty of other satiating Taiwanese fare, including their scallion pancakes and chicken rice cake noodles.
ROC Kitchen, 2049 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, + 1 310 235-2089
A mix between Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream, Blockheads puts out a generously large cup of some delicious creamy goodness that they call Snow Cream. They offer this fluffy frozen treat in four flavors of original, green tea, strawberry and black sesame with rotating specials. You can adorn your pile of Snow Cream with a wide spread of toppings ranging from the familiar ice cream parlor sprinkles and crushed Oreos to more Asian fare such as lychee, almond jelly and condensed milk drizzle.
Volcano Tea House
Boba Milk Tea, also known as Bubble Tea, has founds its way from a strictly Taiwanese treat to a popular order from the distinctly Southern Californian Urth Caffé. But if you want it done right, pay a visit to Volcano Tea House. Plenty of places that offer boba seem to struggle to get the texture or consistency right, but Volcano has got making those tapioca balls down. It’s cash only though so don’t forget to bring some bills with you.