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Best Japanese Style Spaghetti in Town! (Gardena, CA)

mstinawu Jul 25, 2006 02:26 AM

Pretty much every dish at this place is delicious. I've had at least 6 different ones although I'm not a fan of that baked thing they have--don't order it, I forget what it's called, but it's the only baked pasta dish on there.

Anyways, I once went there 3x in a wk for lunch. Sick, I know. It’s just a great lunch place and close to work, OK? =P I had to avoid it for a month or so afterwards. Heh~

Anyways, if you like Japanese style spaghetti like Uni with Sea Urchin and Seaweed pasta, you’ll LOVE this place (they make the best I’ve had) OR if you’d like to find out what “Japanese style spaghetti” is all about, THIS is the place to go. FYI don’t go in expecting traditional Italian style pasta, though they do have their own delightful version of spaghetti with meat sauce which definetly isn’t half bad.

Spoon House
(310) 538-0376
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247

PS Great for lunch b/c their portions aren’t huge, but definetly in a good price range ($6-$11/dish). Don’t forget their $1.00 salad w/ ginger dressing on the side!

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    rameniac Jul 25, 2006 03:37 AM

    been meaning to try spoon house. heard great things about it! do they have a mentaiko/nori spaghetti?

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      Dlish Jul 26, 2006 02:11 AM

      Spoon House, for me, is one of those comfort good places; reminds me of Mom. I really like their clam and spinach in cream sauce spaghetti. I *think* they bake their own bread; it's a bit too chewy for me. Rameniac...I believe they do have mentaiko there...but don't quote me on it...I know for sure I've had their tarako with nori spaghetti. I've not tried their red sauces as of yet...one of those dishes comes with sliced hot dog.

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      1. re: Dlish
        mstinawu Jul 26, 2006 11:07 PM

        My mom never made any such thing, but I know this place is good. Their red sauce is pretty good--when I order it, I always get the marinara with egg/bacon "garnish" on top. I've also had the one with the sliced hot dog on top, but I prefer the bacon/egg on top instead.

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        calabasas_trafalgar Jul 26, 2006 04:52 AM

        Been eating here for more than 20 years, it's the best. I usually have the mixed mushroom spaghetti with seaweed. Love the bread , too.

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        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
          mstinawu Sep 9, 2006 12:04 AM

          Mixed mushroom, eh? Sounds tasty--will try it out next time!

        2. bassbiz Sep 10, 2006 10:40 PM

          What a wonderful recommendation! Stopped by Spoon House after some major shopping at the Marukai 98 cent store and picked up an order of the Japanese style clam sauce with the shiitake mushroom. Generous amount of shiitake, clams and nori! The clam sauce is very light and this dish goes very well with their fresh baked bread. Normally I would have taken a picture of this meal but I was in a rush to woof down my food. Im looking forward to my next visit there, think I'll try the carbonara.

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            Liquid Sky Sep 10, 2006 10:46 PM

            Thanks for the head's up! Is there any place like this on the Westside/Hollywood, etc.??

            I love spaghetti with uni, etc.

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              BobMack Sep 10, 2006 10:56 PM

              Blue Marlin also serves Japanese/Italian food. I usually get the uni spaghetti there.

              Blue Marlin
              2121 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, 90025 - (310) 445-2522

            2. E Eto Sep 12, 2006 06:42 AM

              I tried Spoon House this past weekend, and wasn't very happy with it. The hallmark of any Japanese spaghetti house is still the tomato sauce, and it tasted off. Seemed like they added soem extraneous ingredients to compensate for a mistake they made with it. If that's the usual sauce, then I can't imagine this place surviving if it were in Japan. Let's hope it was just a bad batch. The uni in the spaghetti with mushrooms and cream sauce tasted like the bottled stuff. It was alright, but not something I'd rush back for. Though I'm not ready to write Spoon House off completely, these were a couple bad indicators, which hopefully would be corrected with some quality control.

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                calabasas_trafalgar Sep 12, 2006 01:59 PM

                I was ther two weeks ago and it wasn't up to the usual standards, but don't write them off. It's been great for more than 20 years!

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                  mstinawu Nov 2, 2006 02:33 AM

                  Actually, it's a chain that came from Tokyo.

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                  Liquid Sky Sep 12, 2006 07:13 AM

                  BobMack: Thanks! I'll check it out...

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