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Nov 3, 2012 08:41 PM

Japanese style Hamburg

It is one of my favorite dishes. I order it whenever it is a special at southbay izakaya's. Does anyone have some suggestion where to find some? at the moment Bloom Japanese restaurant in Lomita has my favorite. they serve it japanese style of italian style.

any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. they have it at several places on sawtelle: nijiya market as a bento, sawtelle kitchen and also i believe at blue marlin.

    1. Not sure if this is what you are looking for but here is a thread on the recently opened Humble Potato:

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      1. re: New Trial

        I think OP wants hambagu steak which is just a hamburger served as a steak.

        1. re: New Trial

          Clarification: "Hamburg" is one of the most common casual food items in Japan. Usually served with rice, it is a steak more resembles meatloaf than hamburger.

          1. re: J.L.

            That's right. There is often a lot of filler (such as panko) in the ground meat, and it is often served with a demiglace sauce topping.

        2. how's bloom? any improvement over il chianti?

          out of tamatebako, yuzu, and inaba steakhouse, the latter makes my favorite hamburg steak.

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          1. re: raizans

            We really enjoy Bloom. It is not as good as Il Chianti was 4-5 years ago, but much better than what it became.

            1. re: ajmojave

              I drove by Il Chianti and the other day and it looks like they have closed their doors.. :( Anyone know why?

              1. re: mstinawu

                I only know that the food & service went downhill in a big way.

          2. 2117 restaurant on Sawtelle has a little take-out coffee place next door. They had a meatloaf bento plate that had a hefty chunk of the same dish that the restaurant served. The gravy was like a demi-glace. It was better than any hamburg I've ever had.

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            1. re: vickie2172

              Is it related to 2117 restaurant ?

              Also is it all beef or beef/pork mixture ?


              1. re: kevin

                It's all beef. The owner had stopped making the bento boxes for Box Cafe. (Americans didn't like cold bento box.) He's thinking about offering warm bento boxes in ~ a month, ~ 12pm--3pm. The meatloaf is available in the restaurant, though.

            2. Wakasan on Westwood Blvd has it for lunch. It is delicious!! We have not gone in a while so their lunch menu may have changed.

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              1. re: pokipoki

                Is Wakasan's all beef ?

                And only on the lunch menu, correct ?


                1. re: kevin

                  I believe it is all beef and panko filler, I am sure if you call they can tell you if they mix any pork into it. Yes, only during lunch. It comes in a hot-pot like container with the demi-glace sauce and a sunny side egg.

                  1. re: pokipoki

                    Quite likely it is made with "ai-biki" which is a combination of ground beef and ground pork, which is rather common in Japan. With panko as a filler, of course.