Slightly guilty about this blog. Hehe. We wanted to fit in a run before April ended but as you know, Joan and I are pretty busy with long working schedules and they tend to conflict but if there is a will then there is a way, haha. We went local…. Well…. Pretty much as local as we are going to get, to Tamaya in Hacienda Heights. The place closes at 9:30pm and I think we walked through the door at 9:25. Not the best timing but they welcomed us with good service and smiles and just to make it easier, we dove right into the menus to figure out our order. Everything on the menu was pretty basic. Nothing too crazy but sometimes simplicity is the best way to go. I liked the feeling of the place, no crazy decor. Felt more welcoming and calming. Good environment to bring friends.
I really liked how the broth was just the right amount of salty, the egg didn’t have a runny yolk, the noodles were a great texture. The best part was the chashu. Look at those slices! Barely any fat on them and they were nice and tender. I just loved how simple it was and it tasted balanced. -Tanya
Tanya and I have been to a Tamaya before, out in Alhambra. This place looked exactly like the other with the red walls. The service was fast here at least and they were willing to serve us despite how late we got in.
Perhaps Tanya got the better deal of the place. I was a little disappointed with my ramen. The broth was fine, noodles were fine, etc., but I felt like I re-lived that moment from the second time I went to Orochon in Little Tokyo. My pork tasted like they were… old. I wish I knew how to describe this better. It wasn’t so bad that it would make you spit it out immediately, but there was a rancid hint to it. Not a big fan of this place. But I guess that’s what we get for being a last call!
I might be willing to give this place another chance, preferably during the day time.