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misterasher Dec 14, 2004 03:15 PM

Anyone been to Totoraku on Pico? I went with a friend over a year ago.

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    perceptor Dec 14, 2004 03:20 PM

    did you mean Torafuku?

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      misterasher Dec 14, 2004 03:32 PM

      The card says Totoraku. And yes, I meant the secret Japanese BBQ place near the Westside Pavilion!

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        PayOrPlay Dec 14, 2004 04:26 PM

        Wow, new information!

        Until now I don't think anyone had actually divulged any name for the "secret" BBQ place at 10610 W. Pico other than "Teriyaki House Pico," which is what it says on the sign (and at the Health Dep't website).

        If it is Totoraku, that's interesting because "Totoraku" was the original name of the Korean-Japanese place on Sawtelle that's now called Manpuku. Anyone know if there's a connection between that place and the "secret" place on Pico?

        Anyway, you can find some posts about this place; look for "Pico Teriyaki" or some variant.

        This adds a delightful layer of confusion because Torafuku is just on the other side of Westside Pavilion, at 10914 W. Pico; it is far from "secret," but plenty expensive, and specializes in great rice. Just today, perceptor posted one of his trademark photo-essays (look down the board a ways).

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          Meht Dec 14, 2004 07:37 PM

          Why is this place "secret"?

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            misterasher Dec 14, 2004 10:06 PM

            I don't know. I was told that it's by invitation only. When I went they were pretty much the nicest people I've ever met. The food was excellent and expensive. The decor was laughably bad. I mean, atrociously bad. I understand it's customary to bring a truly excellent wine to share with the chef. This is as much as I know.

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      Apple Bob Dec 14, 2004 03:23 PM

      I assume you mean Tokuratsu, the secret Japanese BBQ restaurant near the Westside Pavillion. The place is very good (perhaps best beef in LA) but at those prices, I would prefer a more refined atmosphere. I have been several times but not in the last year. Also, their home made blueberry ice cream is the best ice cream I have ever had.

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        Mr. Secret High Profile Japanese Entertainment Type Dec 17, 2004 03:38 PM

        Great place. Was there 2 months ago. Guess the '"secret" on the name is out lol.

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