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Jan 26, 2009 12:35 PM

Best Pork Belly dish?

My SO and I have been going out more, and I noticed a new trend of his to order the pork belly item on every menu that has it. (the last three were AOC, Palate and Laurel Tavern).

I promised to take him out next week and, noticing his recent obsession, I'd love to take him to a place with the best pork belly dish.

So, where do you love? Where have you had the best pork belly?


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  1. I don't know about the best, but I think the Japanese do pork belly quite well. Depending on what's closer for you, you could probably either do Musha, Izakaya Bincho, or Izayoi.

    424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Izakaya Bincho
    112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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    1. re: andytseng

      The flavor @Bincho's is great, but I think they could use a fattier cut of meat for a more luxurious mouthfeel. I also dig Izayoi's but it's much fattier (hence previous statement)

      The one @L'atelier du Joel Robuchon is outstanding too :)

    2. I agree with the Japanese version - look for buta no kakuni at your favorite izakaya. I frequent Honda Ya in Tustin, but Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley is pretty dope too.

      Also have had a great version at Father's Office. It was a special on their menu the time I had it.

      The Mexican fried pork belly is pretty great when done well. Not so much when some hack is working the fryer. Fried with the skin on, it's called chicharron carnudo. I like the version at El Toro Bravo in Costa Mesa, or Taqueria El Chilito in Tustin.

      Father's Office
      1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

      Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
      18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      El Toro Bravo Tortilleria
      739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

      Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
      556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

      El Chilito
      15852 Pasadena Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

      1. Pork belly barbecue at Ham Ji Park (and don't miss the pork neck and potato soup!!).

        Ham Ji Park
        4135 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. My votes are the pork belly at Animal (please, please don't take it off the menu) and the fried pork belly at Robata-ya.

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            Agree, I thought the pork belly with kimchee at Animal was a revelation.

            1. re: Tinitime

              I had the pork belly with kimchee sat night at Animal - AMAZING!

          2. My most memorable pork belly dish right now is brunch at Joe's, pork belly confit with sunny side-up eggs, brioche toast, tomato-bacon jam and avocado mousse.

            However, I noticed that one brunch menu had this dish and another one that didn't so not sure if they're rotating it in or out. Best to call & check if you want to be sure.

            My Joe's blogpost: