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marukai bundy vs nijiya/mitsuwa sushi (&cooked food)?

laxfoodfeedback Oct 28, 2013 04:18 PM

Has anyone tried? How is the quality vs nijiya, mitsuwa. In the past cooked food didn't look good.

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  1. soniabegonia RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 28, 2013 05:25 PM

    I've had sushi & cooked food from all three locations. They are varying degrees of mediocre to wretched. I'd rather pay a couple more bucks and get something from the mitsuwa food court or several bucks more and get something better from one of the many restaurants on sawtelle.

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      chrishei RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 28, 2013 05:52 PM

      For WLA, definitely Nijiya >> Mitsuwa/Marukai (tied)

      1. Dommy RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 28, 2013 10:24 PM


        1) Nijaya Sawtelle
        2) Marukai Bundy
        3) Mitsuwa CC

        Cooked Food:

        1) Granda Market Sawtelle (I love their Spam Fried Rice and Cooked Japanese Eggplant)
        2) Nijaya Sawtelle (I like their cooked veggies and buns)

        In the grand scheme of things, I would much perfer to actually to get Food from the Mitsuwa food court (either a curry bowl or Santouka). Or have lunch at a place off sawtelle (right now, I'm going a lot to Hayatemaru for their varied menu.)

        Honestly though, I'm getting a lot of my cheapish Japanese fix in Koreatown. Cheapish Japanese places like Yamayada are starting to skimp on things like rice... ugh.


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          laxfoodfeedback RE: Dommy Nov 3, 2013 03:53 AM

          Where in Koreatown do they make sushi? If so lo quality I don't know why Marukai makes them.

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            Dommy RE: laxfoodfeedback Nov 3, 2013 06:33 PM

            There are several Koreantown places that make Sushi. Personally, I haven't gone to any of them, when I spoke of cheapish japanese food under the heading of cooked food, I mean more like cooked homestyle stuff like Curries... I don't mind paying $$$ for Sushi.


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          foodiemahoodie RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 28, 2013 11:42 PM

          Haven't tried cooked food, but the fish at Nijiya and Mitsuwa is better.

          But I stopped going a year ago or so. Doubt it's changed.

          Vegetables looked find at Marukai.

          1. flylice2x RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 29, 2013 12:23 AM

            Some of these places get their stuff from the main store and are not made on site.

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              kainzero RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 29, 2013 06:05 AM

              The sushi is alright at all of them but its nothing spectacular. If you're looking for something to eat later than they're serviceable, but if you're gonna eat right away it'd be better to just go to one of the conveyor belt sushi places.

              As for prepped food, friends that worked at Mitsuwa advised me to stay away, and Marukai's is terrible. They're nowhere near as good as convenience store food from Japan.

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                barryc RE: kainzero Oct 29, 2013 01:07 PM

                not sure it's actually healthy, but david chang (momofuku) swears by lawson's (think 7/11-ish) food in japan in terms of taste. (david chang also swears by kewpie mayo which is loaded with MSG).

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                  ns1 RE: barryc Oct 29, 2013 01:46 PM

                  that's because kewpie is delicious, and david chang is a man who likes delicious things

                  (I see you've watched "in the mind of a chef" too!)

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                    barryc RE: ns1 Oct 29, 2013 03:48 PM

                    DC was also in an episode of bourdain's no reservations cooking it raw in japan where DC raves about lawsons.

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                      barryc RE: ns1 Oct 31, 2013 12:31 AM

                      around the 38 minute point. david chang talks about MSG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAGIpT...

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                      bulavinaka RE: barryc Nov 2, 2013 11:58 AM

                      MSG wants to be your friend - embrace it. :)

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                        trolley RE: barryc Nov 2, 2013 07:31 PM

                        um, have ever had food at Lawsons or 7-11 in japan? it's like heaven compared to what you get here in the states.

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                          bulavinaka RE: trolley Nov 2, 2013 08:25 PM

                          Yup - easy to put a meal together at either - more so at Lawsons. Kinda mind-bending from our perspective.

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                            barryc RE: trolley Nov 2, 2013 08:46 PM

                            um, i don't see the point of your comment.

                      2. PeterCC RE: laxfoodfeedback Oct 29, 2013 09:33 AM

                        If we're talking just relative to each other, and not to restaurants (or Mitsuwa's food court), then Nijiya is definitely better than the other two for sushi.

                        1. trolley RE: laxfoodfeedback Nov 2, 2013 07:28 PM

                          I'd rather do something else completely but Nijiya by a mile.

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