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Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo Open?

lileor Aug 3, 2007 10:11 AM

Does anyone know if Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo has opened yet? Eater LA posted on 7/24 that it would open soon. I remember reading in another topic that it's located in the same plaza as Mitusa? Can anyone confirm? Thanks!

  1. modernist Aug 29, 2007 11:36 AM

    i went here last week. i found the food to be coarse and boring. its the standard fare but just not done well.
    ie. the tako yaki was so so
    the kaki fry (fried oysters) had a heavy breading.
    everything tasted marginal.

    last night i went back to izayoi which is my go to place for izakaya. that place never fails!

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      phant0omx Aug 22, 2007 11:37 PM

      is it expensive? some guys wanna go hang out tomorrow and spend about $15/person.

      1. Keizo Aug 21, 2007 11:00 PM

        It's open. I went tonight. Still a bit woozy. It's just as good as the FV and Tustin locations, just not as crowded which was a plus. One of the waitresses that used to work in FV is now working there. I even got to check out some roller derby girls in the old bowling alley. Damn those girls can kick some...

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          badtz Aug 20, 2007 06:45 PM

          I called yesterday and confirmed TODAY is the PUBLIC opening! I have a reservation there at 7pm :) Will report back :)

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          1. re: badtz
            badtz Aug 20, 2007 10:13 PM

            Very good, every dish was solid! Would definitely come back :) Had pork kimchi, green onion pancake, red snapper tempura, sashimi [forgot which one], something with squid fried in a ball shape, and eggplant. All very good. Total was $40 (w/o tip, and also had a glass of sake)

          2. bigtums Aug 20, 2007 03:26 PM

            Their hours are 5:30pm-1am

            1. SauceSupreme Aug 17, 2007 04:40 PM

              I was at Issen Joki today at lunch, and it looked like Honda-Ya was already open.

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                cynthia105 Aug 15, 2007 11:17 PM

                What's Honda-Ya going to be?

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                1. re: cynthia105
                  J.L. Aug 15, 2007 11:57 PM

                  It's a chain of very good izakaya restaurants. They have one in Tustin.

                  1. re: J.L.
                    kelvlam Aug 17, 2007 09:05 AM

                    Other than Honda-Ya, is the well-known Shinshengumi in Fountain Valley also consider a izakaya restaurant, or it's just purely known as yakitori?

                    1. re: kelvlam
                      rameniac Aug 17, 2007 11:06 AM

                      ssg is a "robata-ya", meaning they have a grill but don't exclusively do bird. although most of their stuff is chicken. yay for bacon-wrapped goodies. i still think of it as a yakitori more than anything else. but i treat them all as izakaya =P...

                      1. re: rameniac
                        MeAndroo Aug 17, 2007 03:07 PM

                        The attitude certainly reeks of izakaya, and I heartily second your appreciation for bacon wrapped anything. They'll do pork, beef, parts of chicken you never thought you'd eat, or veggies on a skewer, but they have a whole other menu of items not related to the grill. They also do a lights out, loud singing birthday celebration.

                        I just wish there was one closer to me (downtown LA or La Mirada).

                2. J.L. Aug 15, 2007 11:12 PM


                  A very reliable source from my Shinkendo class (3 doors down from Honda-Ya) says that Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo is slated to open on August 20th!

                  Little Tokyo Shopping Center, 3rd floor
                  333 S. Alameda
                  Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: J.L.
                    tokyoastrogirl Aug 17, 2007 10:14 AM

                    It's going to open on a Monday?

                    1. re: J.L.
                      Keizo Aug 19, 2007 08:55 PM

                      Does anyone happen to have the phone number??

                    2. J.L. Aug 3, 2007 11:46 PM

                      I go to my martial arts class just 3 doors down from Honda-Ya. It's not open yet, but I'll keep the 'Hounds updated on this - I'm eager to try it also!

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                        lileor Aug 3, 2007 11:10 PM

                        Ended at up Mitsuwa plaza for lunch today and Honda-Ya is about 2 doors down from Sushi Go 55. Not open yet, but it looks like they are close.

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                        1. re: lileor
                          rameniac Aug 16, 2007 12:15 AM

                          oh so it's in mitsuwa/yaohan plaza? no wonder i don't notice it tooling around j-town...

                          1. re: rameniac
                            lileor Aug 17, 2007 01:00 AM

                            Yes, it's in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center a few doors down from Sushi Go 55. There was also a large poster with the Beard Papa logo hung outside the building, I think it's going in the empty storefront next to the ice cream place on the ground floor.

                            1. re: lileor
                              bigtums Aug 17, 2007 10:23 AM

                              Yup, I heard that it was going to go in the spot where "Ginza-ya" use to be. That bakery use to be THE BEST! But the last few years when I've gone their breads have been really dry.

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