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Sawtelle Kitchen Meatloaf?

a_and_w May 29, 2008 11:04 AM

I'm curious to try Sawtelle Kitchen's meatloaf, maybe with some of their much lauded curry. I noticed there's also an option for breaded deep-fried meatloaf at lunch. Should I stick with the traditional or go with the deep fried? You can see my dilemma...

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    PeteEats May 29, 2008 11:15 AM

    Not even close. Go for the deep fried. A slice of Panko crusted goodness. You can get plain meatloaf lots of places.

    1. Servorg May 29, 2008 11:16 AM

      I think that the non deep fried version is better as the deep frying seems to dry out the meatloaf a bit. And the thing about Japanese meatloaf is it's a cross between our meatloaf and a big hamburger patty. I like it, but some find it kind of odd. The curry is an excellent adder.

      1. E Eto May 29, 2008 12:29 PM

        The meatloaf is called menchikatsu. (Menchi is the japanese transliteration for "mince" and in mince meat, and katsu is the transliteration of "cutlet", as in breaded and deep fried). It's a regular item on most yoshoku menus. But I'm not sure if it's going to be a good representation of a good menchikatsu at Sawtelle Kitchen. I used to be a firm supporter of SK until my last visit. I hope you find it better than I did last year.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439732

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          thebaron May 29, 2008 01:40 PM

          Had a pretty good deep fried meatloaf at Curry House in Irvine.

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            cdmedici May 29, 2008 08:46 PM

            That is some of the funkiest meatloaf I have ever had. One my return visits I stuck with the curry dishes.

            1. a_and_w May 30, 2008 07:53 AM

              Thanks for all your responses. I was undecided until the moment I ordered, but opted for the traditional meatloaf with curry because I worried the fried version might be too heavy. The meatloaf was a little gristly but otherwise tasty. Nothing I'd go out of my way for, but good enough that I'll be back to try the deep fried version since I'm in the area often. The curry, too, was tasty, but lacked the complexity alluded to in Eric's older posts. The only real difference I could tell from places like Curry Hurry was that Sawtelle Kitchen's was a bit saltier.

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