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Cafe Japengo in La Jolla/UTC

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emslice Jan 25, 2009 10:59 AM

I ate at Cafe Japengo last night and thought I'd contribute my two cents, seeing as it hasn't been reviewed yet by chowhounders.

This is the kind of place where the decor and the service commands the prices, not the food (and this is never an acceptable situation). While the food is certainly decent, I would only pay for it a second time around were the prices cut in half. 30 bucks for some fair chicken teriyaki doesn’t do justice, in my humble opinion.

Also, if you do ignore my condemnation and decide to venture into Cafe Japengo, take note: it is the nucleus for the most done-up beautiful people in the San Diego area. Provides added scenery, I guess…

Anyone else eaten here and had a better/similar experience?

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Cafe Japengo
8960 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122

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  1. honkman RE: emslice Jan 25, 2009 02:53 PM

    I had a few business related dinners there and as you said it is decent food /sushi if you don't have to pay for it. I wouldn't say they have to cut the prices in half for the quality but by 1/3. The ambience is quite nice but for more club-like feeling I would go to some of the better downtown clubs - Stingaree, Visions, Envy

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      scout1222 RE: emslice Jan 26, 2009 12:15 PM

      I had dinner there for the very first time about a month or two ago. I had the fried tofu, which I thought was really tasty. We also had wine, dessert, and an appetizer.

      I have to agree that the prices are crazy for what you get. We enjoyed our food and had a nice time, but we spent a BOATLOAD of money. I would not pay that much again for that meal.

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