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Aug 17, 2008 01:25 AM


Just curious if anyone knows what the vip course is at kokekokko. I've come across some brief references to this, but haven't been able to find much info online. Is this by invitation only or would I be able to request this when making the reservation? How much does this cost?

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  1. kokkekoko is very high on my to-do list. i would LOVE more info on this.

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    1. re: lotta_cox

      try their chicken soup ramen...not on the menu but its really good! i think they will only serve you if the owner likes you or you order the full course

      1. re: lotta_cox

        I found Kokkekoko extremely expensive for what it is.... essentially 5 small sticks of chicken for upwards of $30 with tax and tip. On top of it, it's also extremely cliquish and regular guests are given priority. For my money, it's Shin Sen Gumi in Gardena where you can get the same extremely high quality yakitori for a fraction of the price in traditional and extremely friendly surroundings.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I'm with you Mr. Taster. I ate there about a week ago and felt like I was on the peripheral. The regular customers get special sauces for instance that newcomers don't and for sure special treatment. We couldn't even get a glance from the chef. Most importantly, I wasnt blown away by the chicken. The chx thighs were the best, and the spicy wings were pretty good (if not a little meager), but the breast skewer was really bland and the organ meat skewers (heart and kidney) were ok. It wasn't bad, and it was definitely a pretty lively atmosphere, but I don't feel like I would race back any time soon. I'm reasonably new on the yakitori scene, definitely going to keep exploring.

          1. re: SecretHeadquarters

            Definitely try shin sen gumi in gardena.

            Maybe in Randomtown, USA where Kokkokoko is the only game in town, it might be worth going back. But seriously, this is LA. We have no shortage of yakitori-yas to try, and there's really no reason to play that game over many expensive, meager meals to fight your way up to the chef's A-list when there are so many other options.

            Let's all say it together.... SHIN SEN GUMI :)

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              I've been meaning to get to Shin Sen Gumi, Gardena is just a little bit of a drive for me...but someday!

              Oh and one other thing you sort of mentioned Mr Taster that's good for first timers at kokekokko to know is that it is a "mandatory" 5 skewer minimum per person. Which, if you go with a light eater, could be a problem.

              1. re: SecretHeadquarters

                There are more than one SSG locations. There is one in Monterey Park as well as Fountain Valley. Not sure what is 'closer' to you...but you may want to check out some of their other locations.

                1. re: SecretHeadquarters

                  And the difference is those skewers that cost $5 at Kokkekoko generally cost $2-4 at Shin Sen Gumi.

                  Also, as justagthing mentions, there are several locations, and many Shin Sen Gumi locations specialize only in one type of food.... some yakitori (as the one in Gardena) but some specialize in ramen, shabu shabu or kaiseki cuisine. I think the new one in Monterey Park is a combo shabu shabu/yakitori, but that's the exception to the rule.

                  Say it with me... NO MO' KOKKEKOKO!!

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    lol, this is kind of a late reply, but i just wanted to say thanks for an awesome recommendation!! i ended up trying shin sen gumi a little later on and have been unable to resist wandering back ever since... the yakitori locations in fountain valley and gardena are really good.... and the hakata ramen location in fountain valley is pretty amazing....

                    1. re: fizzy

                      Hey! Glad to hear back from you, and very glad to know how much you enjoyed Shin Sen Gumi. Come to think of it, I'm due back for another visit....

                      Mr Taster

        2. I'm not sure, but one time when I was there sitting at the bar, some very nice regulars were sitting next to me. I asked them what they had on their skewer because I couldn't identify it. He said it was crispy chicken skin so I asked the waiter if I could order a round. He said no because it was a VIP only course. I was not offered a menu option including that and I got the feeling that VIP is something they bestow upon you... whatever.

          That porridge is hecka tight though.

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          1. re: echo eater

            That's recockulous, I'd stick to SSG

          2. I'm surprised there's that much blatant favoritism there. I mean, chicken skin isn't exactly an exotic item at a yakitoriya and to limit it to only VIPs...

            I've only been to kokekokko once and I share the general feeling that it was good, but overpriced. Lucky for me I'm in the South Bay so there's no need for me to trek up to LA for Japanese food.

            1. I just went to Kokekokko recently with a VIP regular:

              The special items we got were:
              • Bonjiri / Tail
              • Tokujo Hatsu / Special Heart
              • Seseri / Neck
              • Kawa / Skin

              All were very good. I'm told that if you want to order these items, it's best to do so early, as they tend to run out rather quickly. Or, they may just tell you that they ran out because they're saving it.