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
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.
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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!
2506 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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.
re: K K
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.
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
This reply is a bit late, but Kitayama in Newport Beach has the Kansai style sukiyaki.. the kind without "big bowl of soup" at the end. Table side service by server. Only down side is they cannot serve raw eggs anymore due to health regulations. So far this is the only one restaurant i've tried that has the closest sukiyaki. I'm also looking for other restaurant to see if i can find another one, but so far no luck.