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Japanese Skewer Restaurant?

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Hi all. When I was living up in Vancouver I found the most fantastic place. It's called Zakkushi and they specialized in a very simple fare: meat and vegetable skewers cooked quickly over a charcoal grill. It was simple, cheap and scrumptious. I have tried to find something like it in LA but haven't yet. Can anyone tell me if there is a place like this anywhere near the San Fernando Valley?


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  1. Sounds like what you've run across is yakitori (particularly if it involved lots o' chicken). While I can't provide a rec in the SFV off the top of my head, I can offer, (roughly in order of ascending price) Shinsengumi in Torrance and Alhambra, (and o/c if you're down there) Nanbankan and a couple of other places on Sawtelle in WLA, and Kokokeko downtown. .

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    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

      Nor can I suggest anywhere in the Valley, but I second the tip on KOKEKOKKO down in Little Tokyo. I haven't been for a while but it's not the kind of place that changes too much, I think all they do is chicken skewers, in traditional yakitori style.

      If it's the same as it was three years ago, they offer a 5-course and a 10-course fixed skewer menu, the 10er includes a livers skewer and chicken NECK. All were very good, IMO.

    2. Sakura House on Washington in Culver City is my favorite; a close second is Koshiji in JTown.


      1. Other than sushi there isn't a bunch of good Japanese food in the Valley. Or so my wife's network of ex-pats says. J-Town, Sawtelle, or the South Bay would be the places to look.

        1. Kushiyu.

          Try their Nira Tsukune - Chicken with Japanese chive Kushiyaki


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          1. re: jotfoodie

            Yes kushiyu is pretty much it in the valley.

          2. Not in SFV but in West LA:

            Katana (warning: scene central)

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            1. re: J.L.


              11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 101
              Los Angeles, CA 90064-1652
              Phone: (310) 479-5400

            2. Don't know of anything in the SFV, but Terried Sake House in West L.A. sounds similar. Simple, cheap, and yummy.

              Terried Sake House
              11617 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025