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Manpuku on Sawtelle

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what to order here as far as the beef gor bbq'ing is concerned?

Also, would you guys say this among the top three Japanese BBQ in LA? (Obviously, Totoraku, which I have tried before would be at the very top of the list and I realize that Urasawa does have a Wagyu beef grilled on the bincho charcoal burner as part of the extended multi-course meal).
(And I have really enjoyed Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley in the past. It's been maybe the best I have evere tried beside Totoraku).

Thanks.

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Urasawa Restaurant
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tsuruhashi
18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Totoraku
10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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  1. I used to love it, but over the years I think the quality and the experience at Manpuku have deteriorated...and it is sooooo crowded. I think you can do better. Agree that Totoraku is great. Hachi on Wilshire in Santa Monica is - or was - ownded by the same guy as Manpuku but with more of an Izakaya menu. I love Nanbankan too. But none of these are "pure" yakiniku. I guess the Korean BBQ experience is more my speed these days but I too would love to know other option than Manpuku or Gyu Kaku

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    Totoraku
    10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Izakaya
    8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      Dang, I guess I'll have to stick to Tsuruhashi when I get to Orange County.

      I was not terribly impressed with Manpuku now that I've tried it.

      Is Nanbankan in the same vein as the Japanese BBQ of Tsuruhashi, Gyukaku (shudder, shudder, shudder), and Totoraku? I thought it was more of a beef skewer thing a la the chicken skewers at Yakitoriya on Sawtelle, but the beef version.

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      Yakitoriya
      11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      Tsuruhashi
      18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      Totoraku
      10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. re: kevin

        Nanbankan a hybrid izakaya, kushiyaki, yakiniku kind of place: more of a general grill (chicken, beef, lamb chops, seafood, veggies, onigiri) and kitchen (agedashi tofu, some soups),

        I like it a lot.

      2. re: Ciao Bob

        Try Anjin at Costa Mesa.. It's near South Coast Plaza..
        They have the best Marble Rib Eye and Beef Tongue !!!

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        Anjin
        3033 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626