Wahoo: tiny surprise
- john kawakami
Wahoo chaya, located at Paramount and Arroyo, just north of the 60 freeway's Paramount exit, is a decent low cost Japanese restaurant that, tonight, had some very good sashimi.
I had tempura, which was good but a tad greasy. My mom had the beef, which was extremely fatty, but a good piece of meat marinated in a deliciously delicate sauce. The highlight, though, was the unusually good quality of the sashimi. They know how to buy fish. You get a lot of sashimi, and the entire dinner plate is only $9.
The name is a pun on "wa fu", which translates roughly into "Japanese style", according to my mom. So effing clever... the owners must be smart. The ambiance reflects it: nicely decorated in crimson and black all over from the ceiling tiles to the badass leather booths, with cool jazz on the boom box. The space is tiny - I bet it seats only 25 to 30 people. So, plan on waiting.
The only downer was the service. The owner/operator couple have style, but they could stand to be more efficient, or hire a waitron who's more efficient. But, with sashimi at Denny's prices, I'm not going to fault them for this.
It's still good! I've been there are few more times, and the service has improved. The food continues to please, and I found a new favorite in the tonkatsu. Sure, it's pretty pedestrian, but it's perfect, with an evenly golden crust and a thick, moist, perfectly cooked pork cutlet inside. I'll have to get it again to verify their consistency.