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MoKo (ex Gyenari) Culver City?

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Anyone been for the full on dinner? Did a quick search and didn't find too much on the boards here. Went to the old Gyenari and with the Gluten situation I've got, found it difficult to navigate. Maybe this incarnation better?

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Gyenari
9540 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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  1. I've been - it's really delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect, because the last time I went to Gyenari it was absolutely terrible, but Moko surprised me; in a good way. The food is not only delicious, and quite interesting, but it's also reasonably priced. I went with two friends, and for a Saturday night out we definitely spent less than we would have had we gone to Magnolia, where we had originally planned to meet.

    Ok, here are my recommendations: get at least three, if not six, of the little plates to start with. I really liked the watermelon one and there was also one with dried squid. They BBQ menu is more limited now, because there's so much other stuff, but the meat we ordered was really well-seasoned and grilled up nicely. We also shared some of the pancakes, and my friends each had one of the sandwich-type thingies. For dessert we shared the s'mores which were really good.

    I also have a gluten issue, but the staff was really cool about it and they made sure that I didn't order anything with flour in it or doused in soy sauce. The pancake that we ordered had smoked salmon on it, and that one is the GF one. Obviously, you shouldn't eat the graham crackers that come with the smores, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on too much since I got to eat toasted homemade marshmallows...

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    Gyenari
    9540 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      MoKo
      9540 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. That name just sound's sooooo wrong. Maybe it's just me .. eeew!

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        1. re: AAQjr

          It just makes me think of the Hawaiian dish, Loco Moko...so nothing that isn't pleasant for me...

          1. re: AAQjr

            I guess this is where LA is a multi-cultural mish-mash to a fault. Because of the major Latino influence, MoKo can leave some cross-eyed with a grimace. This reminds me of when the former Sav-on drugstores were bought out by Osco, but the Mid-west giant had to change its SoCal stores name back to Sav-on because of Osco's phonetic having a similar curdle in the Latino community. Heck, my tag name ends in an "a," leaving many to believe I'm a gal. I guess any forthright guy will admit to having a feminine side, but sheesh - maybe I need an avatar of some burly-chested guy in pumps? :) Rant over - I need to go shopping...

          2. We went for "Happy Hour" at the bar a couple of weeks ago. Although, happy hour is somewhat of a misnomer as the food menu looked like a scaled-down version of the dinner menu (at the same prices). Anyhow, we really liked the food. We tried about five dishes and each one of them had a bunch of varying flavors mixed together, but in a good way. It reminded me the effort at Roy Choi's Cheego, but all the flavors work in concert (unlike Cheego which I feel is a big "mess"). We look forward to going back.