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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.

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LOS ANGELES: Robata Jinya

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 20, 2011

www.jinya-la.com
8050 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323 653 8877

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Venice Blvd on the 10
Reservations: I assume you would need them for the weekend.
Must Get: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

Overall, this izakaya is pretty good. It’s a cute place with nice decor and good food. Nothing was mind-blowing, but nothing was disappointing either. Albert and I ordered their shrimp toast, agedashi, enoki mushroom and bacon skewers, black cod, LaBrea roll, and hakata tonkotsu ramen. If I were to go back, I would definitely not order the shrimp toast or agedashi again. The shrimp toast was fine, but nothing special. And the agedashi was good, but it only had two pieces of tofu! The shrimp and eggplant it came with lacked flavor. And while the black cod was good, neither Albert nor I thought it was worth the $12. It was just too small.

However, the hakata tonkotsu ramen beat out Ippudo’s for me, especially with its less than $10 price tag (Ippudo’s is usually about $14). I liked the broth and chashu pork, but I don’t understand why they only serve 20 bowls of this particular ramen a day. I would go back just for their ramen, but if they ran out of the hakata tonkotsu one, I’d try their Kyoto spicy ramen next.

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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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LOS ANGELES: Santouka

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 8, 2011

www.santouka.co.jp
3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310 391 1101
(It’s in the Mitsuwa food court.)

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Bundy on the 10
Reservations: Unnecessary, but good luck getting a table
Must Get: Salt Ramen with extra pork

Thank you Mari for introducing me to this place. I will definitely be coming back. For about $12-14 (sorry, my memory is a bit faulty), I got a medium bowl of salt (shio) ramen, a boiled egg, and a bowl of salmon roe over rice. What an amazing, delicious deal. The ramen was great, a bit on the oilier side, but still no complaints. The pork is delicious, but on the fattier side. The salmon roe was fresh and the egg which was boiled in soy sauce had just the right amount of saltiness.

One of the things I love about this place is their different ramen bowl sizes. You can get a small, medium, or large bowl of ramen, even for their set meals. I loveeeee that. It’s a great idea since everyone’s appetite is different. I want to come back for their spicy ramen, so if you’re in LA and craving ramen, let me know!

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AKIHABARA: Sushizanmai すしざんまい

Posted in food, japan, restaurants, tokyo by sue on December 17, 2010

kiyomura.co.jp
東京都千代田区神田花岡町1-1ヨドバシAKIBAビル1階
1F Yodobashi AKIBA bldg, 1 Kanda Hanaokacho 1 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0028
03-5298-4792

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at the Akihabara Station on the JR
Reservations: Unnecessary

This place has great sushi for the cost. It was inexpensive, especially if you compare it to New York prices, and they give you a lot of food. The oysters here are especially delicious. It’s no wonder they have a number of restaurants throughout Tokyo. Give it a try the next time you are in Japan.

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GINZA: Heijouen 平城苑

Posted in food, japan, restaurants, tokyo by sue on December 7, 2010

heijouen.co.jp
東京都中央区銀座6-13-3井門銀座みゆき通りビル1F
1F, Imon Ginza Miyuki Dori Bldg. 6-13-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
03 3544 4129

Price: Expensive
Rating: Amazing
Directions: It’s close to the Subway Ginza station and Higashi Ginza station
Reservations: Unnecessary when I went, but I imagine it could be quite busy on the weekend
Must Get: 和牛 Wagyu beef

This place is so amazing I decided I had to write about it as soon as possible. It’s a Korean style BBQ restaurant that’s famous for it’s Wagyu beef. I’m might not sure which cut is in the picture above (it was the daily special), but it’s the BEST PIECE OF MEAT EVER. I have never had a piece of meat that melts in your mouth quite like this one. What made it even better, which was barely possible, was the dipping sauces this place offers as well as their leaf lettuce and sliced green onions marinated in gochujang (a spicy Korean sauce) and sesame oil, which is pictured below.

Everything was good here, so I highly recommend you give it a try if you happen to stop by Japan. It’s part of a chain, so you can find their other restaurants on their website if Ginza is too far. You will not be sorry.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Tsuruhashi

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on November 22, 2010

Tsuruhashi puts Gyu-Kaku to shame. This place was amazing. Everything we got was great: assorted kimchi, salted prime beef tongue (pictured above), Kobe beef, Harami (prime around the skirt), Asian yam wrapped in perilla and bacon (pictured below), burdock root wrapped in bacon, seafood plate, berkshire pork belly, kimchi fried rice, mango pudding, and coconut milk with green tea (last picture). My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.

It’s the best yakiniku spot I’ve been to, probably because the meat was really fresh and marinated well. It also helped that they gave you multiple sauces and the servers were nice and on top of their game. My glass never reached half full and an empty plate never stayed on our table for more than half a minute.

My favorite dishes were the Harami, Asian yam, salted beef tongue, and coconut milk with green tea. The only downsides: 1) the restaurant is pretty tiny (when we left, the wait to be seated was more than an hour) and 2) the ventilation system sucks. Two hours later, I still smell like meat. It doesn’t matter though, this place is worth the drive. Check it out.

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LOS ANGELES: Shabu Shabu House

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on November 19, 2010

I’ve been going to this restaurant since high school (that’s at least ten years!) and it has never once disappointed me. The wait is long yes, but that’s just a testament to how great this place is, especially considering there are two other shabu shabu places nearby that are consistently empty. I’m not sure why this place is so good– is it the meat? the ponzu sauce? or both? Who knows, I just know it’s hands down the best shabu shabu place I’ve been to, throughout California, New York, Japan, and Taiwan. This restaurant is a simple concept with such a simple menu. They only serve beef, a veggie plate, and drinks. The only choices you have are whether you want a medium or large plate of meat and if you want the meat leaner or fattier. The service isn’t the best, but you hardly have to deal with them. (The waiters have been the same for the past ten or so years as well.) The only downfall, besides the long wait, is the limited amount of green onions they give you. I remember a few years ago they actually charged my mom and I for extra green onions! We use them ferociously, but come on you can get four bunches for a dollar! (Or 48 bunches for a dollar if you go to the Korean market in LA.)

NEW YORK: Frame

Posted in new york, restaurants by sue on July 12, 2010

www.cafeframe.com
424 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
212 273 3730

Price: Reasonable/Expensive
Rating: Good
Directions: ACE to Penn Station
Must Get: Udon, Salad

Unfortunately for me and my coworkers, the food scene near my workplace is minimal to non-existant unless you are fans of fast food and Thai. Frame opened up a year ago, but for some reason no one at work discovered it until a few weeks ago. It’s an upscale deli, think dean and deluca without the ridiculous prices. They get their pastries from Ceci cela, their bagels from h & h, their bread from sullivan street bakery, the list probably goes on but that’s my knowledge of the place and it’s food. Their salads are inventive for a deli, their sushi is fresh, and the options are extensive. It’s nothing worth the trek out here for, but for someone who works nearby it’s amazing.

NEW YORK: Sobaya

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 5, 2010

www.sobaya-nyc.com
229 E 9th Street, New York, NY 10003
212 533 6966

Price: Reasonable/Pricey
Rating: Great
Directions: 6 to Astor, R to 8th St
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get:

A staple Japanese restaurant here in the city that constantly reminds me how much better Japanese food is here in New York than it is in Los Angeles. I love this place. You can never go wrong with any of their dishes. Even though they are clearly known for their soba, everything is good here, especially their seared tuna steak with garlic sauce over rice (seen above). Their desserts are great too; my favorite is their milk pudding.

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