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Oct 18, 2013 01:35 PM

Fuji West in San Gabriel

As fellow hound blimpbinge noted in another thread, Fuji West has opened in San Gabriel in the location formerly occupied by Tokyo Lobby. It offers Burmese and Japanese food.

First, the obligatory caveat: this is the first time I've ever eaten in a Burmese restaurant.

The decor has been modernized and a whole lot brighter. They still have some remaining decor from the previous. They used to run a restaurant in New York city. They had originally intended it to be solely a Burmese restaurant, but there was evidently a large enough contingent of Tokyo Lobby customers that they asked the old cook to return.

This is what I thought of the dishes we ordered:

Mogoke Pork: it's like a curry with large chunks of stewed pork and lemon grass. I love lemon grass, so this was my favorite dish.

Pork with Mango Curry: I don't remember the actual name. It was a bit on the salty side but still pretty good.

Rangoon Night Market Noodles: This was made of boiled duck and flat egg noodles. Decent but not spectacular. It comes with a small bowl of soup that you can drink if you find the noodles to be too dry (we didn't). It also came with some julienned cabbage topped with a red chile paste (like extra-hot Sriracha sauce). That was pretty good, but once you eat it, you can't taste much else.

Some of the side dishes:

Side order of salad: this came with our lunch. It's southeast Asian-influenced. It was a bit sour and sweet. My wife thought that the onions should have been pickled a bit longer. It's definitely not at all like the old Tokyo Lobby side salad.

Yellow tofu: this dish wasn't on the menu; the waitress said they call it "Yellow Tofu". They passed it out to all the customers. It was cooked in a little curry--absolutely delicious. It's not soybean-based tofu. It's made of an Indian bean, but the waitress wasn't quite sure about the name.

Side order of soup: this came with the lunch. It seems to be a bean-based soup. I didn't like it that much. I think it had something similar to fish sauce in it, but I'm not sure.

Prices were decent. Including tax and tips, our lunch came out to be a bit over $20. Service was friendly--they didn't seem to mind my barrage of questions at all.

Fuji West
927 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 286-1999

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  1. Yellow tofu: this dish wasn't on the menu; the waitress said they call it "Yellow Tofu".
    Probably chickpea if they're Burmese. Tofu salads are delicious.

    I hope they get rid of the "Tokyo" side shortly.

    2 Replies
    1. re: TonyC

      After speaking to the current management there and former employees of tokyo lobby, i'm sure that's their plan eventually.

      One of the tokyo lobby employees said that they wanted to keep some of the previous employees to come during weekdays only to greet the guests that come only because it's tokyo lobby.

      Despite not being able to eat the food anymore, I'm sure many people were ok with tokyo lobby going out with a bang rather than being dragged to death the way it's happening now.

      1. re: blimpbinge

        I went there in early December and thought the food was very good. But I had the same convo with the owner and advised him to just do Burmese and forget the old Japanese menu. But he's afraid of losing customers who still want the old menu.

    2. the tofu was probably made from chickpea flour. it's not that difficult to make at home - once you find chickpea flour.

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      1. re: barryc

        Chickpea flour can be easily found at any Indian grocery store.

      2. fuji west has apparently moved and become rangoon kitchen at the corner of las tunas and del mar.

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        1. re: barryc

          same location, just a name change

          1. re: blimpbinge

            the yelp lising shows it at del mar & las tunas. i typically use yelp for the address.

            1. re: blimpbinge

              Oh. I just Posted as Rangoon Kitchen.

              So they ate one and the same ??????


              1. re: kevin

                I'm not sure, will check later in the week. What i meant was that the location is still at tokyo lobby's old spot.

                1. re: blimpbinge

                  This reminds me I've been lax in reporting. One I neglected to mention was that, a few weeks back now, Fuji West was "closed for re-modeling"

                  I too would appreciate any update.

                  1. re: JThur01

                    Funji West = Rangoon Kitchen, or am i mistaken ?????

                    tahnks for any info.

                    1. re: JThur01

                      Update (also see thread on Rangoon Kitchen): Went by yesterday and there's a sign in the window for an alcohol license for a galbi restaurant.