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Wagyumania at the new Wadatsumi by Harikawa: A Pictorial Essay

West L.A. Japanese rice specialist Torafuku has recently changed to new ownership, and is now called Wadatsumi by Harikawa. Under the guidance of Chef/Owner Tetsuya Harikawa, the interior has undergone a redesign, with communal tables. The menu has also been revamped to reflect a more casual Japanese dining experience. If you enjoyed the delicious kamado-made rice which was a hallmark of Torafuku, fear not, for the rice is still prepared using the same kamado at Wadatsumi.

For the month of July, as part of its grand (re)opening, the restaurant is offering a wonderful Japanese wagyu beef promotion. We enjoyed authentic Matsusaka beef galore, and at significantly lower prices than one would expect for beef of this caliber. If you’ve ever wanted to try real Japanese wagyu beef, but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, then this is a promotion for you. Again, this wagyu promotion will likely end on July 31, but Tetsuya-san has indicated that he just might continue the promotion if there is enough interest.

Highlights: Homemade tofu, nasu miso (Japanese eggplant), takoyaki (octopus meatballs), and of course all those great Matsusaka beef dishes, including pan-seared wagyu shabu shabu beef with grilled romaine salad, wagyu ribloin steak on lava rock grill (usually a $96 steak, it is now only $32!!!), and marinated wagyu teriyaki, grilled and served with rice and clear bonito broth.

Wadatsumi by Harikawa
10914 Pico Bl.
LA, CA 90064
310.470.0014

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  1. ... additional food photos, with the ribloin steak, and the wagyu teriyaki do-it-yourself bowl.

     
     
     
     
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    1. re: J.L.

      Thanks for the report JL

      May I ask what the approx price range was per person?

      1. re: blimpbinge

        Our party of 3 enjoyed everything you saw on the food photos, AND a pitcher of Kirin AND 2 iced oolong teas for $150 (before tip).

        It's an incredible deal on authentic Japanese beef of this quality, prepared by a Japanese Chef who know knows how to bring out the best in its flavor.

        1. re: J.L.

          Thats a very good price. Much cheaper than the $70-90 per steaks I had in Japan.

          I'll be visiting them on Thursday

    2. Now that is a nice piece of beef.

      1. That's a lot of wagyu. Ooof.

        Nice report, as always.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I shared this cornucopia of beefy goodness with 2 of my food padawans. This wagyu promotion is seriously taking a toll on my LDL levels.

        2. Looks delicious. Is it a set menu, or are these a la carte items?

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          1. Aww, you should have used the new photo story format! Great review and pics as always.

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            1. re: TheOffalo

              Dude, I find that new format terribly difficult to use. I'm afraid I'm not a fan of the beta site. Luddite me.

              1. re: J.L.

                I think the Photo Story is the least difficult of the new formats. I don't really care for the others, but the ability to caption photos is great...

            2. Nice report! I. Was wondering how it was since it changed hands. I used to enjoy going when it was Torafuku. Nice to hear that they still have the kamado rice.

              1. No wonder why that joint looked different to me a couple days ago when I walked by.

                Btw. Has anyone been to that Indian restaurant almost right next door ??????

                Thanks man.

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                1. re: kevin

                  I like Jaipur (next door). But let's keep this thread about Wadatsumi, man...

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Rampart.

                    (100 internet points to anyone who gets the reference.)

                    [Internet points are usable at all fine imaginary retailers.]

                    1. re: TheOffalo

                      Do we need to work in IT to get the reference??? ;)

                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        yes, offalo, please explain…. please, at least if 24 hours have elapsed from now, and now gets it.

                  2. Seems like an absolutely rocking deal. If anyone learns more - i.e. about Tetsuya-san deciding to continue the offering - please do let the rest of us know.

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                    1. re: a213b

                      From my perspective: Will do!

                    2. Belated shout to J.L. for this find...still doing numerous kobe beef specials, including the Japanese waygu...went a few days back... 5 oz (looked closed to 7 or 8) of Japanese kobe filet minion (other option was ribeye but chef recommended the filet), rice, a few taters and brussel spouts, salad (with actual vegetables) and bonito soup...two of us had that beef special, 2 rolls (half price) and iced green tea for $85 total before tip.

                      I'll definitely be back.

                      1. there's an ad in motto la that shows the kumamoto kuroge wagyu rib loin steak on the lava rock grill for $32 (was $96)

                        no clue how big of a steak, but enticing ad

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                          1. re: catbert

                            Here is a photo... Damn good steak, not too thick (as wagyu should be enjoyed on the thin side).