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Duck's Japanese restaurant in San Gabriel

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calabasas_trafalgar Nov 5, 2006 03:59 AM

I tried this place years ago, and was disappointed because they serve Japanese-style spaghetti, but not on the level of Spoon House in Gardena.

However, my wife read that they serve Berkshire pork and she's a big fan, so we decided to give it another try. I ordered the Tonkatsu dinner and she had katsu-don, and we were both pretty pleased. Mine came with a bowl of chicken soup which was great because I was just starting to get a cold. They also are big on curry but I'm not a big fan. Definitely give them a try. On Las Tunas between Rosemead and SanGabriel Blvds.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: calabasas_trafalgar Nov 5, 2006 05:29 AM

    Have you ever tried San Sui Tei in Temple City?

    San Sui Tei
    5953 Temple City Blvd
    Temple City
    626-285-3650

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      calabasas_trafalgar RE: ipsedixit Nov 5, 2006 06:12 AM

      Used to go there regularly, but got scared off when they got a "C" from the health dept. And since all I ever got there was ramen, I found a replacement in Hanashima in Alhambra, which has been my emergency restaurant(quick, cheap, and easy)for years.

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        Hungry Like a Wolf RE: calabasas_trafalgar Nov 8, 2006 06:30 PM

        where is Hanashima? my wife and i like San Sui Tei but if Hanashima is a good alternative, we would like to try them out. By the way, do you know if they use MSG? Wife's pregnant and we heard the San Sui Tei does not use MSG.
        Thanks

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          ipsedixit RE: Hungry Like a Wolf Nov 8, 2006 06:35 PM

          It's on Hellman, right before the 10 FWY entrance.

          If you go, try the tempura. I've found the meat dishes a bit dry.

          Can get crowded; it's a popular local hangout for the staff at Garfield Medical Center across the street.

          Hanashima Restaurant
          1 East Hellman Ave., Alhambra
          (626) 280-9678

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            Hungry Like a Wolf RE: ipsedixit Nov 8, 2006 06:48 PM

            hey thanks,
            it's in that funky plaza right across from gas station. what else would you recommend there? you would rec the ramen since that's what my wife is craving right now?

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              ipsedixit RE: Hungry Like a Wolf Nov 8, 2006 07:11 PM

              I haven't been in years.

              Don't recall ever trying the ramen or the udon for that matter.

              Usually stuck with the tempura and teriyaki dishes.

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                calabasas_trafalgar RE: Hungry Like a Wolf Nov 8, 2006 08:08 PM

                I usually get either chashu ramen or chicken cutlet. Don't know about the MSG, but they don't have low-sodium soy sauce.

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        usapv RE: calabasas_trafalgar Nov 5, 2006 06:34 AM

        San sui tei is very very OK. If you can handle a 15 minute drive from there, TAMAYA in Hacienda Heights (corner of Azusa and Colima), might be one of the best Ramen places in L.A. My wife who is Japanese, loves the place and swears they have the best Gyoza. She had such a craving for Ramen that we just about tried every ramen house in LA from West L.A. to Ontario. Not the prettiest restaurant, but the service and food is very good.

        Back to Duck's. Had the spaghetti one time,not bad, but it isn't something I will ever order there again. The set dinner/lunches with the "katsu-don" (Fried pork cutlet with egg on top of rice, covered with a sweet soy broth) are delicious and really their specialty, even though their namesake says Ducks Spaghetti and Curry. Very well prepared and reminds me of the Katsu Don I had in Japan.

        1. annagranfors RE: calabasas_trafalgar Nov 5, 2006 06:42 AM

          ...anyone else had the curry? Curry House and Hurry Curry are OK, but there useta be a great little Japanese place in a gallery on Melrose, a block west of Highland, who did TEH BEST. and yes, they've been gone for like probably almost 10 years now, but I've never found better.

          anyway, Duck's looks hopeful...any reports'd be appreciated.

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