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Robata-ya

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Tried this relatively new addition to the Sawtelle corridor for the first time recently for dinner. While it may have the same owner, it is certainly inferior to Mako. At about 7:45 we arrived and the place was essentially empty, did pick up around 830. We started with an albacore tataki salad which was very good then moved on to many skewers. Each order (vary from $2.25 to $6) is one skewer or small piece. Some, like the chicken thigh or okra have several small pieces on the skewer so they are easily shared, some (scallop/uni) are one bite so harder to share. There is a 6 skewer for $15 special that comes with salad and a tasty chicken soup. Service is adequate. There is an extensive and expensive sake list, shoju by the bottle and several beers. I found the food very uneven. The small bite of fried scallop with uni was delicious as was the skirt steak and kobe short ribs. The chicken breast came as tiny little pieces with wasabi, and was way overcooked. The chicken thigh came as tiny little pieces as well but wasn't dried out. Okra, eggplant were both good but again very small portions. Bacon wrapped quail eggs (3 on a skewer) were interesting and tasty. The baby sardine and the baby octopus were both horrible, nearly inedible. Overall, this place is not somewhere I would return to. For the 2 of us, with 2 sapporos, the bill before tip was $79 and we were still hungry when we left. I think Terried Sake House, while not nearly as pretty, has food that is as good or actually better for less money.

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  1. I guess their A-game was reserved for their grand opening.... Sad to hear.

    One other possibility is that Terried has had a lot more time than Robata-Ya to get its act together.

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