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Good Izakaya restaurant near Irvine/Costa Mesa?

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cycler15 Jul 28, 2006 05:08 PM

Anyone know of a good Izakaya (Japanese Tapas) restaurant near Irvine/Costa Mesa? Thanks.

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  1. JAB RE: cycler15 Jul 28, 2006 05:13 PM

    Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
    Address: 556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
    Phone: (714) 832-0081

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      ErikaK RE: cycler15 Jul 28, 2006 06:45 PM

      I second Honda Ya
      it is EXACTLY what you are looking for.

      1. elmomonster RE: cycler15 Jul 28, 2006 06:55 PM

        Yup, Honda Ya. It doesn't get better than this.

        PHOTOS: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2005/...

        1. JAB RE: cycler15 Jul 28, 2006 08:12 PM

          elmo, have you done Shin-Sen-Gumi in Fountain Valley yet?

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            elmomonster RE: JAB Jul 28, 2006 08:43 PM

            JAB,

            Actually I have. And I think being such a regular at Honda-Ya skewed my opinion of Shin-Sen-Gumi. While I thought the food was good, my friends and I were a bit overwhelmed by the service -- I think we were in the mood for a quiet dinner that night and got the complete and polar opposite. Here's my brain dump of the experience which I wrote two years ago.

            http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2004/...

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              zzztimbo RE: elmomonster Jul 28, 2006 10:13 PM

              And how do these two compare with Kappo Honda, across the street from Shin-Sen-Gumi?

              I've only eaten at Musha in Santa Monica before Kappo Honda. I thought Musha was orders of magnitude better in terms of both atmosphere and quality of food.

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                elmomonster RE: zzztimbo Jul 28, 2006 10:33 PM

                I think Honda Ya's cuisine reigns supreme. Although Kappo Honda is owned by the same people.

                But to be fair, they seem to be different types of experiences.

                Shin-sen-gumi's Robata is for a fun night out, with lots of lively entertainment from the waiters. The type of place you'd want to take people who are rowdy themselves.

                Kappo Honda is yakitori focused and is a smaller, cozier restaurant. The staff is demure, polite Japanese females who are the exact opposite of the testorone overload across the street at Shin-sen-gumi.

                Honda-Ya is bigger, in selection and in space. The food is all around great and the service is somewhere in the happy middle of Kappo Honda and Shin-sen-gumi.

                All worth a try to be honest. But if I had to recommend one, it would be Honda-Ya.

                http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

          2. MEalcentric RE: cycler15 Jul 29, 2006 03:16 AM

            Agreed with Elmo- Honda Ya reigns supremene (but dont bother with sushi there!)

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              jniceyw RE: cycler15 Jul 29, 2006 07:34 AM

              Honda-Ya is pretty good... bigger space. I really like Shin-sen-gumi because of the atmosphere and freshness of the food. Most of the clientele is also Japaneses (I think this is a good sign of the restaurant's greatness). Hope you enjoy either places!
              www.ManjaManja.com

              1. JAB RE: cycler15 Jul 30, 2006 12:54 AM

                My favorites at Honda Ya were the Hamachi Kama and Crab Shu Mai I wasn't all that impressed with their skewers. Shin-SenGumi's skewers were much better. After a few Sapporros, I didn't even notice the noise anymore.

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