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Apr 17, 2013 12:08 PM

Lasting craving for Oyakodon.

Dear lovely people on Chowhound,

I've been a spectator of the forum for a while now, and now I am finally out of the cave because I cannot seem to find a decent bowl of Oyakodon in LA. I just visited Suehiro and was sadly unimpressed. Any suggestions from fellow food lovers?

In the meantime, I shall attempt to make my own from watching Cooking With Dog.

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  1. I like the one they do at Duck's in San Gabriel. A little pricey, and I may be a bit biased (being a local), but I think everything they do is quality.

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    1. re: andytseng

      I like their Katsudon, and I wouldn't be surprised if their Oyakodon is just as good.

      1. re: andytseng

        Wow. A quick google search has brought me to mouth-watering photos of their Katsudon. Can't wait to venture out to the SGV for such a comforting treat. Thanks a lot!

        1. re: bagel20

          If you did not Suehiro, you will detest Ducks, which is actually thinner than Suehiro's.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Darn. Any great Japanese comfort food spot you'd recommend?

            1. re: bagel20

              Comfort food generally? I like Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo, but they specialize more in udon than in donburi, although there is a limited selection of the latter on the menu.

              It's a relatively new place and the menu is still taking shape. Even though the bread-and-butter of Marugame is udon, you might check if they'll do a chicken-and-egg donburi for you.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Holy udon. I love love love noodles. Marugame Monzo is definitely on my list now. Thank you thank you!

              2. re: bagel20

                Otomisan Restaurant

                2506 E 1st St
                Los Angeles, CA 90033

        2. Mitsuwa in Venice serves a pretty good Oyakodon.

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          1. re: EricDC

            Mitsuwa as in the grocery store part or the food court part?

            1. re: bagel20

              Don't know if EricDC is refering to Sanuki Sandou at Mitsuwa, but that same Mitsuwa food court has Hannosuke. It's not a Oyakodon place, but it serves a fantastic tendon with various tempura options.

              For Katsu-kare, I like Tamatebako in Torrance.

              1. re: Ogawak

                Dude, I know. Hannosuke is deliciousness epitomized. Was just there over the weekend.

                So Torrance is apparently where all the good japanese food go to, huh? Think i'll have to drive down there...

                1. re: bagel20

                  If you are on the west side, west Hollywood or the location close to us on Pico just west of Barrington, and try it at Yabu. I like their donburi and they have various types, including oyakodon among them.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    So much closer than heading to South Bay. I'm definitely going this weekend. Thank you!

                2. re: Ogawak

                  Actually, I was talking about the Misasa at Mitsuwa.

                  It's the one of the two middle restaurants bookended by Hannosuke and Santouka -- the one that isn't Sanuki Sandou.

                  They have lots of Japanese set menus -- grilled mackerel & pickles, that sort of thing. And they do eel-don, pork-don, beef-don, and oyakodon. The oyakodon is pretty good.

            2. i think if you go to the south bay area and search you should be able to find one that is, in the very least, decent. sanuki no sato's was pretty good to me and there are many other places you could try (though i haven't had the oyako specifically) such as azuma, otafuku, ichimi ann, etc.

              i hope you find one that's to your liking~

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              1. re: namstermonster

                Awesome! Hopefully, I'll soon venture out to South Bay for some of your suggestions. Thank you so much : )

                1. re: bagel20

                  If you do, head over to I-naba for excellent soba and tempura bar. They have a lunch combo with soba and oyakodon.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Oh my god! Two of my favourites! Looks like I must visit soon.

              2. All of your wonderful souls who responded to my desperate pursuit of Oyakodon/Japanese comfort food, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

                I've gotten so many awesome recommendations from you guys and I am utterly grateful for the community.

                Have a fantastic day, everyone!

                1. The best one I've had has been at OtaFuku in Gardena... just perfect with custardy egg, caramelized onion and great grilled chicken and all on a bed of REALLY good quality rice (the rice is so key to this!!) OtaFuku has other wonderful menu items (Their eel tempura is EPIC!).


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                  1. re: Dommy

                    The rice!! YES! I cannot agree with you more. Mmmm, if only I lived closer to South Bay area to visit all these amazing Japanese eateries.

                    1. re: Dommy

                      Thanks for reminding me about Otafuku. Have been meaning to compare their soba and eel tempura vs I-naba's. Havent been able to peel myself away from I-naba long enough to do it!

                      1. re: Porthos

                        If you do I would like to hear your comparison! :)

                        1. re: Dommy

                          Finally got a chance to try Otafuku. The regular soba is very average. I say that without hyperbole. The seiro soba is a bit closer in quality and texture to I-naba's soba. I still prefer I-naba comfortably.

                          The anago tempura is a monster but unfortunately undercooked and rubbery at the thicker end. A bit off putting. I left half unfinished. The anago tempura at I-naba is clearly superior with the caveat that I have had it once with pre-packaged anago. But when fresh and served with the fried bone, the anago tempura at I-naba is delicate and amazing.

                          1. re: Porthos

                            Thanks for the report back... Sorry to hear your experience wasn't that great though. :( More reason for me to finally try I-naba! :D