- Yuzo Watanabe
Does anyone know of any good yakitori places in LA? Preferably west-side, as I'll be driving from Ventura County..
For those that are unsure of what I mean, basically it's like a sushi bar but with cooked items on sticks. Very pricey, but tasty :)
There is an excellent little yakitori place on Sawtelle in West LA, in the little stretch of Japanese shops, called Yakitoria. Close to where the 405 and the 10 cross. Crowded but tasty. Not quite as good as Kokkenokko (I think there's an extra letter or two in there, but I'm not sure which) in Little Tokyo, but then again, the last time I went to Kokkenokko, me and my dining companion picked up something that seemed a lot like salmonella.
Even the nurses at the health center laughed at me, when I told them I'd been eating raw chicken...
There's an excellent kushiaki place in Encino (Tarzana?) on Ventura Blvd called Kushi-yu. I don't think anyone here has mentioned it, but it's excellent.
I posted a similar question a few months ago and no one responded. So we had to investigate on our own.
We agree with the post on Yakitoria. We really like Yakitoria for the quality of the yakitori-- they take it very seriously and it shows. Everything we had there was outstanding (8.5/10).
Our absolute favorite, however, is in OC. Honda-Ya in Santa Ana off Newport Blvd. and El Camino Real gets 9/10 in every category: quality, variety, price/value, and then the authentic ambience. We drive there just to eat there. There is also a secret ramen menu if you want to carbo-load on great ramen.
Places to skip:
We tried Sakura House near Costco in W. LA. It was so-so (6/10).
Nanbankan, on Santa Monica Blvd. and Olympic, which several folks had raved about in earlier posts, was disappointing. It was expensive and the food was only okay (6.5/10).