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OK. Posting on Chowhound has made me lazy.

Can anyone tell me if I would find a decent, but inexpensive, Japanese mandolin at 99 Ranch Markets or Mitsuwa in South OC. With time and gas at a premium, the 35 mile round-trip is daunting for just that. I suppose I could call, but not sure the word "mandolin" would get the job done. Thanks.

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  1. Call Sur La Table at the Irvine Spectrum and see if they have a Benriner in stock. That's the company and they make a regular and a Super size.

    You can buy cheaper brands than that at Mitsuwa and the like, but if you want something that actually cuts soft foods, then spring for the Benriner. Also available online, perhaps for less than Sur La Table sells it.

    1. Marukai usually has them, although it's true, not always.

      1. You can get an Oxo Good Grips hand-held mandoline from Crate & Barrel for ~$20, or order a Benriner from benriner.com for ~$35.

        1. I've never seen Marukai not have one. If you don't have a membership you will have to pay $1 for the privilege of shopping there but it's better than the gas.

          1. Thanks all. I have to be up in Irvine (near the 55) later this week, so I'll start at 99 Ranch on the way, and try Marukai if that fails.

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            1. re: Midlife

              If you're open to heading to the CM Marukai, also call on Chefs Toys and 2000 Plus, both in Fountain Valley one more exit north. They should also have a Benriner in stock, and are both open to a little haggling re: matching online prices

              Chefs Toys
              18430 Pacific St Fountain Valley 714 435 9222

              2000 Plus
              11065 Condor Ave Fountain Valley 714 435 4080

              1. re: Professor Salt

                I got my Benriner at Marukai in Gardena for about for about $14. that was about 5 yrs ago but I'm sure the prices are about the same. Just saw one on amazon for $20. If you go to Sur La Table I believe it'll cost you quite a bit more.

                1. re: trolley

                  Yup. Also, SLT is selling the Super Benriner, the big brother of the classic model

                2. re: Professor Salt

                  I was going to suggest Chefs Toys in another topic (Mr. Taster looking for food-grade butane for a kitchen torch) but thought they were off Grand, in Santa Ana. I assume they moved within the last year or two?

                  1. re: Midlife

                    just looked up the Benriner on chefstoys.com. looks like the regular Benriner is $30! seems like amazon may be your best bet if you're looking to save $. But then again, there's nothing like going to a place like chef toys and looking at all the goodies :)

                    1. re: Midlife

                      Chefs Toys moved to Fountain Valley some time ago. It's probably been close to two years now. Between them, 2000 Plus and Restaurant Depot all within a half mile of each other, it's become a good neighborhood for commercial restaurant suppliers.

                3. The Marukai in Costa Mesa definitely has the Benriner for $20. I believe that's the best one for the money and most convenient to use, since it requires no set up and is easy to clean. I've never seen this brand at 99 Ranch, and I think it would be much more expensive at Sur La Table.

                  1. Stopped by Marukai and bought the one for $19.99 (+$1, I guess). Looks like it will do just fine for what I need. Thanks all.

                    Side note: I was disappointed in their food court, but I'm used to Mitsuwa here and in Torrance.

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                    1. re: Midlife

                      Excellent. For future reference, 99 Ranch doesn't sell a quality mandoline, just a couple $4 crap units just waiting to take skin off your knuckles. I was there the other day and I remembered this discussion.

                      1. re: Midlife

                        Marukai's food court has Daikokuya and a bunch of random crap. Mitsuwa's is much better.