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EBISU - New Little Tokyo Izakaya from the Daikokuya People

Driving down 2nd today, I noticed that Ebisu - the new "japanese tavern" from the Bishamon/Daikokuya folks - has opened. Had no idea it was taking over the space it's in. It's right up the street from U La La (south side), arcross from the entrance to Japanese Village Plaza, T.O.T, etc.

Anyone tried this place yet?


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  1. Is it where the Madarin Deli was?

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    1. just opened tuesday i believe. won't be long before i check it out!

      1. Are they open for lunch?

        1. Just checked out the place last night. Very cute and friendly wait staff. I had the spicy tuna and salmon sashimi don. I thought it was a nice touch the ginger and wasabi were placed on shiso leaves. The spicy tuna had a heat that snuck on you and the salmon (though sliced thin) were 4 huge pieces. Very reasonable for $11.95.

          My friends ordered a couple of eel dons- OMG, HUGE pieces of eel. I was really surprised by the portion sizes. I definitely want to go back and try more of the bar menu.

          1. i went here last night.. i expected it to be more pubbish but it just felt like another japanese restaurant. their izakaya offerings are limited, more complete meals than small dishes.

            got saba, korokke, karaage.. everything was just ok.
            they don't have ochazuke.. boo.

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            1. re: chair

              They do have ochazuke, although we didn't try it! It was in written in japanese only on the menu.

              We went there last night, after trying to go to Daikokuya at 8:30 - it was CLOSED, even though on the website it says 10pm on sundays. We tried an array of dishes - good nabeyaki udon - nice udon consistency - bouncy and chewy, also had a nice light yosenabe soup with taro clear noodles. Tempura don was so so - tempura a little soggy since the lady poured sauce on the tempura before she served it to us. The black pork belly appetizer was good, but the pork wasn't as melt in your mouth as I had expected - but don't get me wrong, it was still soft and tender. Also had shumai which was a little soggy in my opinion, but the flavor was not bad. Shishamo was good, can't really mess up grilled shishamo. Spicy tuna roll was not bad, my favorite one still resides at Hide Sushi.

              4 of us got out of there for $53 plus tip - very reasonable. We definitely would go back for a snack. It has a nice decor.

            2. "Tempura don was so so - tempura a little soggy since the lady poured sauce on the tempura before she served it to us."

              Ten-don is suppose to be sauced. Otherwise, it would just be tempura on rice, which would make no sense.

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              1. re: E Eto

                I see, didn't know that. I rarely order tempura, but I thought you just get a side dipping sauce. I prefer the one with the egg and sauce all over it. You learn something new everyday =)

              2. I went here last Sat for lunch with a group of people. I thought the food was good for what it was. I really loved the shishito peppers though! At night I would probably go to a half dozen other places before coming here but of all the places open for lunch on a Sat or Sun I think that I might choose this place.


                1. I frequent Little Tokyo for lunch and dinner...

                  Let me say Ebisu is in big trouble. I've never seen more than 5 people in there at any given time. Plus, the elaborate construction must have costed them BIG. Seen them handing out flyers desperatley on 2nd street.

                  Given the sheer number of alternatives in the area for dinner, I don't think Ebisu will survive for long.

                  1. "Let me say Ebisu is in big trouble."

                    Agreed. Reluctantly tried it the other night because both Izayoi and Haru Ulala were closed. Nice people, but the food is just mediocre. The braised pork belly was tough, as if it was cooked in a hurry, and even the grilled rice balls were disappointing, like it was grilled a few hours prior and just heated up. The servers were very friendly and trying their hardest, which I appreciated, but I don't think this place is going to last too long.

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                    1. re: kiwonyoon

                      i'm gonna try and find out what's up since i kinda know the owners. at the time they were planning to open, i questioned the wisdom of opening yet another izakaya within a stone's throw of izayoi and haru ulala. of course i might have just been hoping they'd do another ramen joint or something...

                      1. re: rameniac

                        Please do report back... I'm very curious to know what you find out.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: rameniac

                          Please find out what's up with this place. I've been there twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner. In total agreement with kiwonyoon. Nice, though not very efficient servers, cool decor (a bit cavernous for so few diners) and very mediocre food. The English side of the menu is so very uneventful that I'll be hard pressed to ever go back or recommend it. Shame, too, as Daikokuyo is still one of my favorites. Hmm. Hope they figure it out.

                      2. I thought that their shishito were really good but that's about it.