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Mar 31, 2010 07:15 PM

Best quick and good teriyaki chicken bowl/Bento in Santa Monica?

i'm looking for a place that's sort of like the one in the century city mall, if you know what i'm talking about. Just like a big bowl with white rice, chicken, teriyaki sauce, for like 8 bucks.

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  1. Maya on Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica has a teridon that is serviceable and around $6. Gushi on Gateway Blvd. at Barrington is another likely candidate for this itch.

    Maya Japanese Food
    2840 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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    1. re: Servorg

      Not Santa Monica, but maybe you can make a mental note of this if you're ever nearby: Miyako on Venice (Culver City area but technically LA) hits the spot for exactly the kind of dish you're talking about.

      Miyako Restaurant
      10020 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. re: QualityMart

        In Culver City, is my favorite Teriyaki bowl on the west side. At Tokyo 7-7. I thought it was strictly going to be a greasy spoon place, but ordered the Teriyaki bowl and was blown away by the fresh and bright flavors. Love their Teriyaki sauce 100x better than the one at Rutts.


        Tokyo 7-7
        3839B Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. re: Dommy

          Oh trust me, I know Tokyo 77. Worked near there for a while and have been dozens of times. I guess I never tried the teriyaki bowl, because I *always* order the ginger beef there. It's one of my favorite dishes in LA. :) I dig their yakisoba too ... if I'm hungry I can easily down both.

          1. re: QualityMart

            Used to get the yakisoba all the time when I worked in old Culver City for a few months - just like mama used to make it...

        2. re: QualityMart

          I used to go to Miyako every week for that exact meal. I miss going there.

        3. re: Servorg

          Second Maya. They have a special bento for $7.95 that's a great value - it has everything you're looking for, AND a scoop of green tea ice cream.

        4. More West LA but New Japan on Santa Monica has a decent teriyaki bowl.

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          1. re: gordo26

            thanks everyone. i'll check these out

          2. How about Sak's in Westwood.

            Parking can be a bitch, but it's cheap and pretty good for the prices.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I survived UCLA because of Sak's... Thanx for the memories.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I would also recommend Tokyo Fast Food on Santa Monica, near Bundy (in the same shopping center as Monte Alban).

                  Monte Alban
                  11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                  Tokyo Fast Food
                  11921 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  1. re: Bria Silbert

                    Has Tokyo Fast Food reopened? I like that place for fried foods, but wasn't such a fan of their teriyaki.

                    Tokyo Fast Food
                    11921 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      No, still "closed temporally" as of last week.

                2. Not Japanese, but more Hawaiian: Ono Hawaiian BBQ (corner of Santa Monica & Bundy) has a nice BBQ chicken platter.

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                  1. re: J.L.

                    I go to Ono occasionally for Kalbi, but I think Sweet Home Grill a block or two west is actually better for chicken teriyaki.

                  2. The food court inside Mitsuwa Market on Centinela (x Venice) is a jewel in the Westside, imho. There are 4-5 eateries serving different types of ramen, bento boxes, rice bowls, and even pasta for $6-7 only. It's great quality food for a modest price. Enjoy!

                    Centinela Cafe
                    4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066