Oden in L.A. County?
Does anybody have any recommendations for Japanese restaurants that specialize in Oden? I know it's a typically winter fare but I am personally not aware of any Japanese restaurants that serve oden. Any thoughtful responses are greatly appreciated!
I've attached a photo of the typical simmered food items that make up oden.
OMG oden! The very first time I went to Japan, on my very first night in the country, I was taken to an old, apparently famous restaurant in Asakusa that specializes in oden. Heaven. There used to be a Japanese chef in Beverly Hills that I convinced to make oden for me, but he has moved on. Befriend a chef perhaps? Let me know if you find anyplace.
I just thought of another alternative--not the same, but in the ballpark. The last time we went to A-Won in Koreatown for their definitive hwe dup bap (the al bap was good too), PayOrPlay Jr. scanned the menu and decided to order fish cake soup. It didn't have all of the other ingredients of a standard Japanese oden, but it was very, very good.
A-Won Japanese Restaurant
913 1/2 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Yashima, in the Olympic Collection on Sawtelle, is best known for udon and soba but they do have oden on the menu--year round, as far as I know--and it's always been pretty good when I've ordered it.
368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 210, Los Angeles, CA 90064
11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Oden, with his eight-legged steed Sleipnir, rode across the plain of Valhalla....
Hehehe.... just joking. Oden is a tasty Japanese winter soup indeed.
The Miyako Hotel in Little Tokyo once made great Oden.... And Place Yuu on Sawtelle occasionally has it on their "Daily Specials" menu during winter months.