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Your Fav Yakiniku place...

Okay ladies and germs, time to expose yourselves, who among you eats at Gyukaku? hmmmm?? Personally, I don't think there is anything YUM about that place. I'm not saying it's bad, but I completely stopped eating there when I found my new ICHIBAN favorite yakiniku restaurant.

I've been going to Gochi in Encino (SFV) for the past 3 or so years now and have never been let down.
The staff is really nice and very attentive, the chef used to be a butcher so he knows his cuts, aaaand they have a good selection of meats (beef, chicken, pork) and some sea foods.

If you're into Yakiniku as much as I am, I would strongly recommend checking it out.

17970 Ventura Blvd, Encino, 91316 (cross street: Newcastle)
(818) 774-9621

There is normally no need for a reservation but if you're going on a weekend, you may want to call ahead just in case.

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  1. Nanbankan
    11330 santa monica blvd (between corinth and sawtelle)
    LA 90025
    310 207 8726

    1. yeah...would love to know if there are any places in east side of LA. only decent one around me is gyu-kau in pasadena. non in little tokyo either

      1. I am going to stand up for a yes for Gyu Kaku for many reasons. I have been going to the WLA location since the day they opened. It was very reasonable back then, the price has climbed, so be it. I took my children, family, friends, all loved this style of dining. My children when younger simply adored it! Still do when in town. Over the years the menu has expanded greatly to include a much larger variety of offerings. The meats are excellent in my opinion. We all have our favorites.
        The sides are also excellent, love the mushroom medley, asparagus, and much more.
        The salads are also excellent. Now, this is in no way authentic Korean, and it does not claim to be, in fact a branch of a very successful Japanese chain, as all the subsequent Gyu Kaku's locally and now elsewhere.

        The service can be spotty, it can be loud. We have always had a great time.

        I think it is YUM, depending on what one eats, grills, orders, and it takes time to decide what one's personal YUM is.

        No, it is not a hole in the wall. No or ??? is it authentic, depending on how one designates its cuisine. Yes, it has become increasingly more costly. Is it Chowish?
        Maybe not. I think it is just fine, hits the spot, and I always enjoy my visits, as do so many others.

        1. so other than the well known Gyu Kaku (http://www.gyu-kaku.com/)... anywhere else in LA?

          I know Tsuruhashi is well known in OC, and I love it there as well!!

          18798 Brookhurst St
          Fountain Valley, CA 92708
          (714) 593-8393

          Anyone been to those at the Sawtelle area? I found one on citysearch
          Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
          2125 Sawtelle Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90025-6249
          (310) 473-0580


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          1. re: kelvlam

            Second Tsuruhashi! YUM! :D


            1. re: kelvlam

              I was never really impressed with Gyu Kaku. Portions were too small. Plus, being korean, I simply enjoy korean bbq more.

              However, I did enjoy Manpuku the one time I went.

            2. The Best in LA is Totoraku on Pico (near overland), good luck getting a resy. We went with some friends and it was spectacular. $150- per person.

              1. Totoraku by far. Then Manpuku for their tan shio and Tama-en (Torrance.). Gochi is not bad, but I'm rarely out that way.

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                1. re: rameniac

                  Oh, if I only I had connections :(

                  ......Totoraku sounds fabulous!

                  1. re: rameniac

                    I'm my Japanese translation is correct, "tan shio" means salt tongue. Correct?

                    I'd love to try this style of food, especially when compared to Korean BBQ joints. Where else can I go that doesn't require a Yakuza connection?

                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                      lol...go to manpuku...make sure you ask for NEGI tan shio...sqeeze some lemon into a dish so u can dip...Very good

                  2. Is this the manpuku people are mentioning on this thread so far? :-)

                    Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
                    2125 Sawtelle Blvd
                    Los Angeles, CA 90025
                    (310) 473-0580


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                    1. re: kelvlam

                      yep that's the one! (as if it weren't crowded enough as it is =P)

                      make sure you phone well in advance for a reservation, especially on the weekend. unless you don't mind waiting a couple of hours for a table...

                    2. Alright, I can personally compare Tsuruhashi and Gyu Kaku, and I'll pick Tsuruhashi without a blink of my eye. I shall try Manpuku next now that I have the address.

                      Is this the address of Totoraku?
                      10610 W Pico Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      I'll have a busy weekend :-)

                      thx everyone for the info!

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