Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle House

Cheap Eats: Japan, June 2012

When chef Kenta Ikehata decamped from Tokyo to open the Tsujita chain’s first branch in the States, it was akin to the Clippers landing Chris Paul. Ikehata is a tsukemen (dipping noodles) fanatic; he’s been known to toil into the wee hours to perfect his pungent broth. All that labor has yielded a bowl of silky soup unmatched in L.A. What a pity it’s served only at lunch.