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Apr 21, 2004 10:10 PM

Yashima on Sawtelle

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Hey chowhounds

I wanted to pass on a great little japanese restuarant to you all. Yashima is located at the NE corner of Olympic and Sawtelle in the mini-mall and conference center on the seccond floor. THis place rocks. Its servces non-sushi dishes at great prices with HUGE quantities and the food tastes superb. A good sign is that there are lot of Asian customers and there is often a small line. THeir Udons and Sobas are wonderful! THeir tofu salad is superb!



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  1. I always wondered about that place. One day, I just started on the ground floor of that complex and worked my way, poking my head in every open door I could find. That Yashima place was empty when I looked in, but it was very early (like 5:15).

    What is the single best thing to order there, especially for a non-meat eater (fish is great though)?

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. re: igj

      I really liek their soups! I go for the Udon or the Soba that has lots of veggies in it. I am vegetarian as well so my choices are slighlty limited. Their broths are seaweed based, though. Their tofu steak is good! I cant comment about the fish dishes as I have never had them but my friend who have gone with me have had the halibut and salmon. If i remember, it comes with udon or soba as well.

      Hope that helps. I havent been there in a year!

      1. re: raj

        I would imagine there is bonito or some type of fish in the broth. The menu on menupages says "served w/ Fish & Seaweed Broth....", leading me to believe their dashi is not vegetarian.

        The tofu steak also says it has bonito flakes on top, though maybe they can make it without.

        I would imagine there is fish in the dipping sauce for the noodles as well. Japanese food is not so good for vegetarians usually, unfortunately.

        And no, if you eat fish, you are not a vegetarian!

      2. re: igj

        I would recommend the tofu salad or the california soba salad. both are very good. Otherwise, I usually get the combination ten toji don (m-9) i believe its the same at mishima's. Its 2 tempura shrimp mixed in with egg on top of rice. the egg makes the rice really flavorful.

      3. we used to hit this place regularly in college, but I heard they have new owners now. Glad to hear the soba and udon bowls are still good!!

        I also liked the seared ahi salad. Nicely crusted, perfectly seared, and the dressing was very light.

        Reasonably priced, too!

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        1. re: jen2

          This place was part of the Mishima chain for many years.

          I haven't been recently but I've loved their chirashi sushi, the tofu salad and all the other appetizers and of course, the soba soups. Oh and their veggie tempura order used to include a piece of tempuraed nori, not sure if it still does.

          1. re: Suze

            Went there last night and had the udon with vegetable tempura--you'll be happy to know they still include nori tempura with the other vegetables.

        2. I loved this place when I lived on the Westside. Their soft-shell crab salad is total crack.