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BREA: Osaka Seafood Buffet

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 22, 2011

200 S State College Blvd
Brea, CA 92821
714 672 9698

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Eh…
Directions: Get off at Imperial Hwy on the 57
Reservations: Accepted
Must Get: (if you really have to come here) pepper steak, kalbi, eel, fried chicken wings

First off, I would like to tell you to save your money and not eat here. The food is not that great. Sure, $16 for unlimited food, including sushi, sounds like a great deal, but when the food is not really up to par, why bother? I went with my brother and his friends after playing badminton for a few hours. I was starving and, as usual when I go to a buffet, over-ate. My mind does not that have that off switch! Haha. I ate almost three plates of food (I really should be ginormous by now, I know), but it was difficult to find things I really wanted to eat in order to fill up those plates.

The sushi was not that fresh– I highly suggest you stay away from the yellowtail. The salmon was better, but it was rarely available. The eel was okay since it’s cooked. There was also nothing special about the hot food, but my my brother seemed to really like their Mongolian bbq. If I had to go back, i would stick with eating their pepper steak, kalbi, and fried chicken wings. Their coconut shrimp and salt and pepper crab legs weren’t bad either, but the shrimp was a bit too oily for me and the crab was just too much work.

The only thing that this place has going for them is their servers. They were nice and pretty attentive. Our table rarely had an empty drink.

If you and your friends wanted sushi for cheap and wanted variety, I would suggest you go to Niko Niko and just order a bunch of their rolls. The rolls are cheap, but a good size, and the fish is definitely higher quality than what they served here at Osaka. Only thing about Niko Niko– stay away from their udon.

DIAMOND BAR: Gook Hwa House

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended by sue on January 22, 2011

2825 S Diamond Bar Blvd (Inside H Mart)
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Their red bean and custard cakes are HORRIBLE. They are by far the worst cakes of these kinds I have ever, ever tasted. Even if they paid me to eat it one more time, I would not. Stay the hell away from these things if you like your taste buds.

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CITY OF INDUSTRY: Ramen Yukino Ya

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 18, 2011

18230 E. Gale Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
626 581 8420

Price: Cheap
Rating: Ehhh
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: Organic Egg

This is the first time Yelp and its Yelpers have disappointed me. Ramen Yukino Ya received an average of 4 stars based off 100+ reviews, so I was excited. What the hell were these people thinking? The only thing this place has going for them is their organic egg. Their tonkotsu ramen is NOT good. At first bite/sip, it seems alright, but the more I ate it, the more I just couldn’t stand the taste. And it wasn’t just me, my friend Howard and his girlfriend also were not fans of this place. I bet the people on Yelp who think this place is amazing are just comparing Ramen Yukino Ya to the ramen packs you buy at grocery stores like 99 Ranch or M2M because, seriously, I have never been that disappointed by ramen.

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SAN GABRIEL: Half and Half Tea House 伴伴堂

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 13, 2011

120 N San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 309-9387

Price: Pricey
Rating: Still overrated
Directions: Get off at San Gabriel Blvd on the 10
Reservations: N/A, but there are seats/tables
Must Get: Nothing

I decided to give Half and Half another shot since I did not have their specialty drinks the first time, so at this trip I had their Taro Honey Boba Milk Tea, half sugar, less ice. Even at half sugar, the drink was still really sweet. The sugar masked all the tea flavor which still was not great tea and I could barely tell the difference between their honey boba and regular boba from other places. The only way I’d come back here again is if someone really wanted to try it, but I would probably stay away from their tea and order their Taiwanese snacks instead.

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CITY OF INDUSTRY: Half and Half Tea House 伴伴堂

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 13, 2011

17575 Colima Rd
Industry, CA 91748
(626) 810-8778

Price: Pricey
Rating: Eh… It’s overrated
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: N/A, there are barely any seats
Must Get: Nothing

After two attempts at trying this place but leaving due to the long, long wait, I decided to give it a shot one day when I was early to meet a friend for dinner down in LA. I went before nightfall, so there was no line here at all. I got my drink and was out of there within 5 minutes, compared to the twenty minutes Debbie and I had attempted to wait one day only to give up because we were in a rush. Anyway, is the line and wait warranted? Heck no. Their green milk tea was horrible. It didn’t even taste like tea. It was worse than my own attempt of making green milk tea by just adding milk and sugar to the green tea I boiled at home. And the cup sizes?? What idiot designed that? If you are going to have to-go cups in LA, please make sure they fit in the cup holders in cars. It’s only the smart thing to do. Instead I had to tilt this cup to the side and worry about it spilling all over my car. Ugh, such stupidity.

Anyway, if you’ve been here before, you’re probably thinking well, she just got the wrong drink. Read my next post. I went to the one in San Gabriel the day after to try their “specialty” drinks with the honey boba too. (Spoiler alert: it still sucked.)

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HACIENDA HEIGHTS: Tasty Noodle House

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 12, 2011

1611 S. Azusa Ave
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Price: Cheap
Rating: Horrible
Directions: Get off at Azusa on the 60
Reservations: Unneccessary
Must Get: Nothing

Their spicy wontons were not good. The sauce left a weird after taste in my mouth, but I imagine the wontons themselves would be decent. They’re a pretty decent size and filled with lots of veggies.

The pork chop noodles were a joke. The broth reminded me of used hot pot soup, a bunch of flavors that just didn’t really go together. I had to douse my noodles in soy sauce and chili sauce to give it some edible flavor. The pork chop itself was more breading than meat. Worst part is it really needed that ketchup that came on the side.

My brother said their pan-fried dumplings were decent though, but I doubt I’ll come back to find out.

Do not bother trying this place. Save the $10 and an hour of your life.

LAS VEGAS: Lagasse’s Stadium

Posted in food, las vegas, not recommended, restaurants by sue on December 25, 2010

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 607 2665

Price: Expensive
Rating: Bleh
Directions: Lower level of the Palazzo
Reservations: You need them if there’s a big game going on
Must Get: Buffalo wings

Do not come here. The only thing worth getting is their buffalo wings which were probably some of the best wings I’ve ever had. However, I will not even come back here for that– our waiter was nice overall, but the service was horrible. We waited almost an hour for cold food. After some complaints, things got better but even in the end they forgot about one of our orders. Their shrimp salad sandwich, filet mignon, ribs, and their artichoke dip were all terrible… Even their fries were bad. Ugh. What a waste. And with a $50/person minimum during the Lakers game, just not worth it. Oh Emeril, I am so disappointed.

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