Looking for the next great Izakaya
- SecretAsianMan Oct 12, 2006 10:36 PM
I've thoroughly inspected to both Mushas, Izayaka Kan Yuzen (Torrance), Izayoi (Little Tokyo), Sake House Miro (Mid-Wilshire), Haru Ulala (Little Tokyo) , and the fantastic Ikko in Costa Mesa, now my tasting parts crave new pleasures.
Where should I go?
wilafur -- I like Terried Sake House enough, but it is a little dreary inside. I so do wish they would clean up a bit, but I don't care for the pub decor much. The food is good, but I think the Mushas are yet better!
We did not like Haru Ulala at all; I posted on this awhile ago. We just went to Ita-Cho on Beverly this past weekend and found it to be pretty fine and very healthy. The shishito peppers were amazing -- for my tastes. Everything else we had was quite delicious: lotus root with sesame, eggplant, cut-up squid steak, some seafood shu-mai, and I can't remember what else. I would like to return to try some different items, and several more plates of the shishito peppers!
7311 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles #323.938-9009
We arrived when they opened, about 6:00-ish, and by the time we left nearing 7:00-ish, they were quite crowded.
I second Ita-Cho (I’ve been eating at this restaurant since it was on Highland). The service is fantastic and the food is consistently excellent. Call ahead for a reservation to make sure you can order off the specials page. I often do not arrive at Ita-Cho until after 9PM and, if it’s been busy, all the super special good stuff is gone.
Go, if you must, to Terried Sake House, but I would recommend that you instead try SaSaYa Japanese restaurant (which is next or two doors east).
SaSaYa Japanese Restaurant
11613 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sasaya - I was there once and it just wasn't on my list for a return visit.
Wakasan - I agree with everything that was said above this post; the prix fixe is something around $30 as I recall (from about a year ago, so it may have increased since) and it is a lot of courses. You will be very satisfied. However, there were a few of the dishes that were too "stew-y" and wet for my tastes, so I would still prefer the Mushas or Ita-Cho.
I have yet to try Izayoi, but I have read good things about this one which is in Little Tokyo.
I *don't* think they're open for lunch on Saturdays. Sadly...
However, SAKANA on Baldwin in Arcadia IS open on Saturday and has a fantastic lunch special as well. (Must arrive before 11:30).
SAKANA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
(626) 821 - 9800
713 W DUARTE RD STE H
I'd like to know why Sasaya wasn't on your return list... Thoughts?
We ate there probably six-nine months ago, and I don't remember exactly why. My system is to remember the ones that I want to return to and to forget the ones that I don't love. I think it was more of a "compared to what" reaction. I really like both Mushas.
HOWEVER, now that you caught me on this and really made me focus on it again, I think I will have to give it another try -- do you think? Perhaps I was too harsh... Please do let me know, SecretAsianMan, if you think it is really, really worth a return visit AND what should I not miss?