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Night Owl Dining (6) Isa Ramen in Koreatown - Tonight!

























I know it's such a short notice, but who said that a meetup needs to be posted well in advance actually?  I think I can organize some impromptu gathering, too)

I've Never thought there would be a Japanese Izakaya in heart of Koreatown, so it was a nice surprise. And what I found out about the owner and the restaurant really intrigued and motivated me to give my support.

Besides I have a craving for ramen (and curry again) tonight! lol


Isa Ramen Izakaya

740 S Western Ave
Ste 116

Los Angeles, CA 90005



The owner Isa Moinuddin has rather unique background. He was born in Bangladesh and when he was 9 years old, his family moved to Japan.  He was raised in Japan and later got married to a Japanese lady whose last name Isa 伊佐 he adopted. He says his Bangladesh first name is too long to pronounce, so he goes by Isa-san.

Being raised most of his life in Japan, his mother tongue now is Japanese and I was really touched by his passion to serve Japanese food in the heart of K-town.  Yes, K-town has lacked a Japanese restaurant owned by Japanese.  With his background, citizenship and heart belonging to Japan I have no problem saying that this place is truly a Japanese-owned restaurant, and what I really really like about Isa-san is that he takes care of so many young Japanese people as well. He says he wants to do some 恩返し- return the favor he's got from many Japanese while he was in Japan. Who wouldn't want to support him if you're from Japan like myself?

At this restaurant, everybody is Japanese - chefs, kitchen stuff, servers, cashier... the Japanese workers just love Isa-san and keep bringing more people.)


They serve all sorts of Izakaya food, but what should be noted is that the special curry Isa-san makes - it takes 5 days.  You know the Japanese love curry, but having Bangladesh background he adds more flavor))

Having a casual get-together recently here brought me back so many years - at the time I was just a college student drinking and eating at Izakayas in Takadano-baba or Shinjuku in Tokyo (if you know what I'm talking about lol and I got so nostalgic.

Thank you very much, Isa-san, for opening this place for us to be able to get together late at night after hard working day again.  今晩もお世話になります、よろしく!))




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