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Feb 18, 2008 04:11 PM

West LA Japanese BBQ

Are Manpuku on Sawtelle and Gyu Kaku on Pico really my only two options for Japanese BBQ in the area ? I really enjoy just getting plates of raw meat and cooking it to my exact liking and I think I'm getting bored with these locations. Are there any other similar places in the area or are these pretty much my only options ? I do the korean bbq thing too, but for some reason I typically like the Japanese ones more. I've done some searching but I haven't had any luck and was wondering if any of you knew of anything else in the area. Thanks.

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  1. Musha in Santa Monica has a few BBQ-it -yourself items on the menu.

    1. I'm partial to Wharo (Korean BBQ) on Lincoln and Washington.

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      1. re: priscilla2

        wharo had a page in my santa monica advert pack, and i was wondering what the variety of their offerings... do they have seafood as well as meat? how are portions and how accommodating is the place to dietary restrictions?

        1. re: Emme

          There are indeed a few seafood offerings (calamari, salmon, scallops, shrimp, tuna and unagi), as well as chicken and pork, but the emphasis--as at many Korean BBQs--is on the beef. Portions and prices are decent and they seem very accommodating. Very nice about extras on the panchan.

      2. Thanks for the tips, I'll have to check those out as they didn't come up on my searching thus far. One thing I did just stumble upon is Totoraku, now I just have to figure out how to make a reservation at this place; sounds like heaven to me.

        1. I would recommend either Musha in Torrance or Santa Monica OR Gyu-Kaku, they have several different locations in southern Cali.
          Certain locations also offer the all you can eat version, kinda like korean bbq. You get unlimited salad bar, with sushi, veggies, fried foods. The staff will bring whatever meat you want to your table for you to cook. Definitely try the Hirami Bistro steak, it's their most popular grill item.

          Their ala carte menu is kinda pricy..but worth a try..they have a ton of different grill items..and all their desserts are grilled too!


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          1. re: ra33it821

            The OP had said that they went to Gyu Kaku often, (along with Manpuku on Sawtelle in WLA) but were a bit burned out from the frequency with which they eat there.

            1. re: Servorg

              opps..haha..missed the part about gyu kaku in the entry..