Honda-ya, Industry, Now Open!
Last night, we got hungry for Japanese, so I did a quick search online and was surprised to see a fourth Honda-ya location (Tustin, downtown LA, FV) in the City of Industry, closer to those of us who reside in north OC. Apparently, they opened last week.
The space is much larger than the Tustin location with parking that was more full than the restaurant. We walked in and were seated right away. What I noticed right away was that each seat/table had hooks for coats/purses; I *LOVE* that! Each table had menus in both English and Japanese and like the other locations, had friendly, quick bilingual staff.
On to the good stuff, we had
- yamakake maguro (grated mountain potato with tuna sashimi) -- I LOVED this, as I LOVE yama imo and maguro
- ika natto (squid with natto) -- the natto was okay, I'm not likely to order again; I thought it should be served ready to eat, but you have to stir the dish and add soy sauce (I came to eat, not to work)
- beef tataki (raw beef) -- if you like steak raw, you'll like this dish, though I found it to be more chewy than I like (perhaps it was sliced a touch too thick?)
- crunch roll for Mr OCAnn -- he loved this, I would have liked it more without the thick sauce on top
- yakitori: meatballs -- three to a skewer; these were good and a staple for Mr OCAnn
- yakitori: spicy wings -- these were not too spicy, maybe even on the sweet side, but had a slighty crunchy skin which I love on wings
- yakitori: thighs -- these were really good, with a nice smokey aroma and flavour
we probably had a couple more dishes, but I can't remember (as is always the case when we dine sans notepad). I'm attaching some blurry pics, but once I start eating, taking pics becomes a chore as I tend to focus on food. Maybe with more practice, it'll be more second nature. Dinner for 2 with the above + beer, tax and tip = $65.
So for those of us who live in north OC or very south LA, Industry now has a Japanese fix with Honda-ya!
17200 Railroad St
City of Industry, CA 91748
Well, I haven't been to the Little Tokyo location, but I'd give a slight food preference to their Tustin location over this one. The convenience of this location (closer by five miles) easily overlooks the food...though I still need to try more menu items. =)
Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773
Thanks for the report. Besides Honda-ya and Foo Foo Tei, are there any other destination-worthy Japanese places in the Industry area? I know there's Sapporo Ya and Daikokuya, but these don't sound too promising. (I've been to the Little Tokyo Daikokuya and was very disappointed.)
I'd also be very grateful to find good ramen anywhere in the SGV. It's a long drive to any of the Santouka locations. :(
Since this post, I have gone to Ramen Yukino Ya and can vouch for its Ramen Superiority to Foo Foo Tei. However, my absolute favorite thing there is the Spicy Tan Tan Men... Spicy Cold Ramen noodles... SOOOO GOOODDD!!!
Ramen Yukino Ya
18230 E. Gale Ave, City Of Industry, CA 91748
I picked up some food last night togo. Now I have another japanese restaurant close enough to drive to. So now between Ojiya and Honda-Ya, it's never bad too have choices :)
15904 Gale Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
I love Honda Ya. Has anybody been to both Honda Ya and Shin Sen Gumi? Which do you like better? My sister says Shin Sen Gumi is much better in terms of yakitori and tofu dishes. As a pain in the butt younger brother I must wait for 3rd party confirmation from complete strangers online to validate my sister. Thanks.