I tried Ramen Bull, the new pop-up ramen series happening at Breadbar on 3rd and I liked it so much that I went back again two days later for more. And I brought friends. No lies.
It's a small, simple menu. But this my friends is not your ordinary ramen - this is beef ramen! There are only two appetizers and I recommend ordering them both. The gyoza are made with beef cheek and are incredibly tender. The shishito peppers were better the first night, but nonetheless are a tasty way to get a little green into your dinner before you down the red meat.
I've tried two of the ramens: the spicy ramen with ground beef and the oxtail ramen. Other varieties include beef tongue, short rib and vegetarian.
On my second visit I decided that I prefer the oxtail ramen although they are both great. The ramens all come with fungi mushrooms and a soft cooked egg that I recommend breaking and eating immediately so that it doesn't have time to cook in the sizzling broth. The oxtail comes bone on and the broth has an incredibly rich flavor that I couldn't get enough of.
I was expecting them to have dessert, but I was wrong! The toasted miso and coconut pot de creme was a delight and surprise. It had my favorite combination of salty and sweet and the toasted miso was slightly reminiscent of an oreo cookie crumb.
I really do hope they extend the dinner series here. The food is very well thought out and presented. The prices are really reasonable, especially considering the quality of the ingredients. The atmosphere is incredibly laid back. There are usually only a couple tables of food enthusiasts slurping up what is no doubt the best beef ramen in LA. YUM
Ramen Bull at Breadbar West 3rd 8178 W. 3rd (310) 205-0124
"How do you stay skinny and eat out all the time?" I get asked this question on a daily basis and honestly, I work out a lot (except for the next month as my foot is broken), and I try to eat healthy as much as possible.
We angelenos get spoiled at times with the vast selection of sushi in Los Angeles. Sushi is a great low-calorie, high protein dinner option, especially if you opt out of the rice. But how much of it is really good? Not a lot in my opinion. And what's even harder is finding great sushi that's affordable with a unique twist in the flavors.
I'm not going to lie, I am not a big plan of straight sushi. I like a little sauce, a little presentation, a little flair. Which is why I was delightfully surprised to try Sushi Roku's new menu. A lot of time and consideration has gone into preparing dishes that are unique, beautiful and most importantly, flavorful.
The best part? They are constantly offering speacials during their lunch which allows you to eat fantastic quality food at a reasonable price.
So let me walk you through my favorite dishes:
Start with the lotus root - truffled "Rinkon Kinpira" lotus root. Lotus root is incredibly good for you, rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, and known as assisting in loosing weight, you'd never know by trying it that is super food. At Sushi Roku it's served warm in a sweet truffled sauce. It's the perfect way to start your meal.
Want a few other starters? The albacore tacos Roku style are also great and served in a crispy tempura shell with a creamy guac.
Looking for a little more meat and a ton of flavor? The kurobuta pork is pretty fantastic, albeit rich and not something I let myself order every time, even though I'd like to. The meat falls apart with the touch of your fork and is salty and sweet.
My MUST order is the Ume - a six piece selection of their Master Chef's custom creations. Delicious combinations like toro with parmesan and crab with warm butter make this hard to resist. I eat mine without the rice and it is so satisfying and such a fun mix of flavors and textures.
At this point I am more than full BUT if I do have room for something sweet it will definitely be the matcha green tea cappuccino. The first bite is of a slightly sweet green tea whipped cream. Dig deeper and there is a green tea sponge cake. I was thinking to myself, "gosh, this would be good with ice cream," and on my next bite, sure and behold, there is green tea ice cream in the middle of this pretty little creation.
I am not lying when I say I eat this meal once a week lately (minus the pork and dessert) but I always feel great afterwards. I am satisfied full and feel like I ate things that help me stay skinny!
Photos by Claire Thomas