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grooverider Feb 15, 2010 11:36 PM

Can anyone recommend a sukiyaki restaurant that is actually good. Im not looking for shabu shabu but actual sukiyaki with quality beef and doesn't look like a big bowl of soup in the end. I get asked by my parents every time they come to town if I've found a spot yet and I haven't. Help please. Thanks

  1. flylice2x Feb 16, 2010 12:41 AM

    What area? Are you looking for a restaurant that serves the ingredients separately and you cook it yourself or just served all together in a hot pot?
    Don't know of any, one restaurant that just really just specailizes in sukiyaki any more. Most most that serve shabu shabu also serve sukiyaki.
    Take for instance Azuma in Gardena, serves sukiyaki but all the ingredients are served in a hot pot.

    1. SecretAsianMan Feb 16, 2010 06:33 PM

      Hi Grooverider,

      You're in luck! Otomisan in Boyle Heights has excellent Sukiyaki. I just posted my review on this board:


      Its truly amazing, and even comes with raw egg if you so desire. I think your parents will love it!

      All best,


      2506 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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      1. re: SecretAsianMan
        grooverider Feb 16, 2010 11:53 PM

        Any area, Im willing to travel but I do live on the east side. Thanks for the rec secret asian man

        1. re: grooverider
          E Eto Feb 17, 2010 07:03 AM

          FYI, based on Secretasianman's photos, Otomisan's sukiyaki is the kind that looks "like a big bowl of soup in the end," i.e., Kanto style sukiyaki. I think you're looking for Kansai style sukiyaki, but I'm not sure where to find that. Maybe at one of the high-end Japanese steak places, like the one in Rolling Hills? I think Thousand Cranes is one of the only places to get a properly made sukiyaki, not sure if it's Kansai style though.

          1. re: E Eto
            K K Feb 23, 2010 10:08 PM

            Is Kansai style where the meat is grilled and cooked first on the hot interior of the cast iron pot, then the ingredients (ie vegetables, enoki, shitake shirataki/yam noodles poured in later followed by the sauce broth?

            1. re: K K
              E Eto Feb 23, 2010 10:20 PM

              Yup, that's Kansai style. It starts by coating the pot with beef suet, and cooking some of the beef with a little sugar and soy. Then cooking/browning some of the vegetables, tofu, and then pouring in more liquid as needed. I don't know if there's a place in LA that will cook it this way, because it requires that someone cook it for you as you eat. If you know what you're doing and you have the right ingredients, it's really easy to do at home.

              Some pictorials:

              1. re: E Eto
                SeaCook Feb 24, 2010 01:13 PM

                There used to be a place maaaaany years ago on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks called Sukiyaki House that did it that way. But they must me long gone. The waitress would stay by your table and monitor liquid levels and add broth as needed. It was the best sukiyaki I ever ate.

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        eeka Feb 24, 2010 08:23 AM

        The best tasting sukiyaki I've found is at Taehei in Monterey Park. The broth is so rich, it's almost like gravy. but it's not cloying. You can also order it with udon noodles making it a very filling dish.

        195 S Garfield Ave
        Monterey Park, CA 91754
        (323) 726-1787

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