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Sawtelle Blvd. recs, please...

sunnygordy Oct 4, 2007 08:52 AM

Meeting my friend on Sawtelle for lunch on Saturday. He wants to go to Chabuya. Is that the best spot? Are there other places worth checking out in the area?

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    stacey8989 Oct 6, 2007 01:46 AM

    I prefer Asahi Ramen. Chabuya's soup was too overpowering for my taste. My other usual spots are Hide Sushi, Sawtelle Kitchen, Hurry Curry, and Tofu-Ya.

    I also agree with SauceSupreme's dinner recs for Orris & Furaibo. Furaibo is open for lunch, but the menu is different.

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      glutton Oct 5, 2007 05:28 PM

      For shabu shabu, I'm a fan of Mizu 217. It's on the corner of Sawtelle and LaGrange (or is it Nebraska?). Their vegetables are especially high quality.

      For sushi, I agree with all the Kiriko recommendations.

      For dessert, get a cream puff from Beard Papa's. That trend might be waning, but I have to admit that it's a damn tasty cream puff.

      1. therealbigtasty Oct 5, 2007 01:54 AM

        Go to Blue Marlin, get the Uni Spaghetti, get some of that crunchy fish roe on it...

        or a fried egg.

        That place is so badass.

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          Xericx Oct 6, 2007 10:43 PM

          I'm a big fan of their 7.95 lunch specials (probably weekday only).....the fried chicken with the rice, salad and soup is probably one of the best deals in town.

          Also love the chicken cutlet in the marinara sauce with rice!

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            therealbigtasty Oct 7, 2007 03:14 AM

            A chef friend of mine that likes weirder foods told me about it solely for the Uni Spaghetti. If I lived closer, I'd probably go more often.

            That Uni Spaghetti is freakin' ridiculously good.

        2. ladius Oct 4, 2007 11:02 PM

          Yuzando, the former Sushi Tenn place also in the same building as Chabuya, has great lunch specials. My first time there, I wasn't wowed by their hamachi, but I've gone back three times now and each time, I've had a great meal.

          Last time, I had a seafood curry with soft shell crab ($10). Excellent. Before that, their sushi and sashimi lunch special ($19). And before that, their tempura lunch thing with one order of hamachi. the tempura was excellent, the hamachi, maybe a little off that day but when I had their sushi and sashimi, everything was fresh and tasty.

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            trojans Oct 4, 2007 11:20 PM

            I second Yuzando, I've been three times I always get an off menu omakase it's always been around $40.00 for lunch and I eat a lot. Only thing I observed which I don't mind but some might is they are sauce intensive on the sushi. Almost everything I've had has some sauce brushed on it. However, they have been good with requests. For example I like scallop sushi with yuzu or lemon with sea salt, if I ask they fix it the way I like. No Attitude.

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            bulavinaka Oct 4, 2007 03:11 PM

            Been hearing good things lately about Bar Hayama (previously Sushi Tenn and Sasabune). Toshi-san is gaining a rep for having a solid selection of great sake and pairing them with some "taihen-oishii" (really tasty) omakase that at least some Japanese expats are applauding.

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              igj Oct 4, 2007 11:58 AM

              Like so much else in life, it depends...depends on price range, level of formality, type of cuisine desired.

              Other places to consider for Saturday lunch:
              -Kiriko - mentioned before - great sushi and some nice cooked dishes as well
              -GR/eats - very casual, Japanese fusion-y food (paella and shrimp tacos, as well as seared albacore tuna salad - odd mix of items on the menu)
              -Sawtelle Kitchen - mid-range price wise and still casual
              -Restaurant 2117 - more upscale, front patio space is a nice place to sit on a warm afternoon

              1. SauceSupreme Oct 4, 2007 09:27 AM

                Kiriko is my favorite for lunch, but come back at night to check out Orris and FuRaiBo.

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                  Jwsel Oct 4, 2007 11:02 AM

                  Second Kiriko. For $32, you can get the high-end lunch omakase with soup, salad, nine pieces of nigiri, a blue crab roll, and homemade ice cream.

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                    trojans Oct 4, 2007 11:12 AM

                    Ice cream no longer included in the 32.00 omakase. the omakase was $29.00 before and included it, no longer.

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                      kevin Oct 4, 2007 11:18 AM

                      that bites, with tax and tip, you're looking at over forty bucks.

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