Japanese Mandolin is South OC?
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.
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.
You can get an Oxo Good Grips hand-held mandoline from Crate & Barrel for ~$20, or order a Benriner from benriner.com for ~$35.
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.
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
18430 Pacific St Fountain Valley 714 435 9222
11065 Condor Ave Fountain Valley 714 435 4080