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Looking for Japanese Restaurant in Santa Monica/West LA Area (Not Sushi)

curiousgeo Jul 8, 2011 02:12 PM

Doing more research for an upcoming visit and I'm searching for a good, moderately priced Japanese restaurant in the Santa Monica or West LA area. We're looking for places that serve teishoku dinners, so not necessarily a sushi bar, although if sushi is on the menu that would be fine. Thinking more like tempura, tonkatsu, grilled fish, etc. in a complete meal set with soup, salad and rice.

I remember eating at a small restaurant on Sawtelle Boulevard some years ago where there were a number of Japanese places, so maybe something around there would be appropriate. Ramen suggestions would also be welcome. Thanks for your help

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  1. J.L. RE: curiousgeo Jul 8, 2011 02:27 PM

    Washoku: Wakasan, on Westwood Blvd.

    For kamado-cooked Japanese rice set meals, Torafuku (by Westside Pavilion) is also a very nice restaurant.

    Izakaya: Place Yuu (on Sawtelle).

    Ramen: Try Santouka, in the food court at Mitsuwa Market on Centinela in West LA.

    1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Torafuku Restaurant
    10914 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Place Yuu
    2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      curiousgeo RE: J.L. Jul 8, 2011 04:33 PM

      Thanks J.L. I'll look into these places, especially Torafuku for their kamado cooked rice sets which sounds interesting.. Have you ever tried or heard of Furaibo, also on Sawtelle? Thanks again.

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        J.L. RE: curiousgeo Jul 8, 2011 07:02 PM

        I go to Furaibo when I have a rowdy-ish party of 4 or more to entertain, and I am in the mood to drink beer and eat teba saki (Japanese chicken wings). It is a good izakaya, with good "beer food".

        Place Yuu is a bit food-centric, and would be my pick for izakaya. Don't miss their shisyamo (grilled small fish). The chef does a great tempura also; I especially like the sweet potato tempura there.

        It took me 2 or three tries to really start appreciating the food at Torafuku, and now I'm a semi-regular there. I'll give you a tip: For rice sets, order the black cod rice set, and/or the teriyaki jidori chicken thigh rice set. Another one I'd recommend would be the yakiniku (Japanese beef) rib rice set.

        Torafuku Restaurant
        10914 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Place Yuu
        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        JBroida RE: J.L. Jul 8, 2011 05:20 PM

        Wakasan was a very nice surprise when i found it... furaibo is also a place i go to often

        torafuku was kind of a disappointment to me

        +1 to santouka

        1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      3. goodhealthgourmet RE: curiousgeo Jul 8, 2011 04:40 PM

        re Furaibo:

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          p3rm3n RE: curiousgeo Jun 9, 2012 09:00 AM

          Their ramen is good. I had the tonkatsu ramen. I would say it is the best in the west side.

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            Tripeler RE: p3rm3n Jun 9, 2012 05:23 PM

            "I had the tonkatsu ramen." Don't you mean "tonkotsu" ramen? Tonkotsu means "pork bones" while tonkatsu is a pork cutlet, deep fried.

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            Sgee RE: curiousgeo Jun 10, 2012 01:29 PM

            Not tesihoku, yakitori instead. Check out Nanbankan on Santa Monica blvd.

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