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Yakitori Bar??

cbee Nov 3, 2006 07:19 PM

I don't even know if such a place exists, but there used to be a little Yakatori bar in the Mid Wilshire area. They had these wonderful little skewers with all different stuff and they had what they called a "stop-course". They would just keep them coming until you told them to stop and you were charged per skewers. They closed years ago.

Anyone know of any place like this? Westside or Valley?


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    Jerome RE: cbee Nov 3, 2006 07:35 PM

    11301 W OLYMPIC BLVD #101 (on sawtelle)

    if it's just yakitori. It could have been that you weren't at a pure chicken place but a kushiyaki/kushikatsu place with all kinds of skewered foods. for that kind of place, check out nanbankan near the nuart.

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      Professor Salt RE: Jerome Nov 4, 2006 01:56 AM

      It's been years since I've been, but you might try Sakura House. It was quite good then, but I can't speak to its current state.

      Sakura House
      13362 Washington Blvd
      Culver City

      Sakura House falls into the broader category of kushiyaki that Jerome describes. I hate to correct my most esteemed chow colleague, but kushikatsu is a specific dish: a fried, breaded pork cutlet on a skewer. I think he meant to say the style of grill cookery called robatayaki.

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        Jerome RE: Professor Salt Nov 4, 2006 02:12 AM

        thanks for the correction - yes, kushiyaki - katsu is katsu, after all.

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          BombayUpWithaTwist RE: Professor Salt Nov 5, 2006 01:17 AM

          Kushi Katsu can be anything that is deep fried, not just pork.

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        calabasas_trafalgar RE: cbee Nov 3, 2006 07:57 PM

        The place you described sounds like Yoriki which was on 3rd St.

        The best place i know of these days is Shinsengumi, on Western in Gardena

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          BIM RE: cbee Nov 5, 2006 11:24 PM

          Had a good meal recently at an old standby - Nanbankan in West LA. You sit at the bar which goes all around the grill and watch the chefs seasoning and flipping the skewers. Fun and tasty.

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            alexfood RE: cbee Nov 6, 2006 12:32 AM

            My favorite is in Little Tokyo:

            Weller Court, 2nd Floor

            I've been going for years and they've always been great. Mostly Japanese crowd. They start you off with cabbage & carrots and a tasty miso dipping sauce, then you start ordering skewers. Highly recommend the tsukune (loosely packed chicken meatballs) and the kaori (pork belly and shiso leaf). It's also nice to get a grilled rice ball as a closer. Worth the trip downtown.

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