Located in Tustin, Cream Pan is a Japanese bakery that offers a wide range of small eats, from savory things such as futomaki and steamed buns to pastries like croissants. Their most popular item is the strawberry croissant! There is an ample amount of custard and it’s just sweet enough to complement the fresh strawberries. The croissants remain flaky even if you leave them sitting on the counter for a majority of the day. They’re worth venturing out to get if you’re not in the area!
One of the unique things about this place is their ordering system: you order and pay when you first walk in using one of the three iPads they have set up! You then seat yourselves and somehow they know what your order is (we didn’t have to show the waitress our receipt/number). A con about this system is that to tip with card, the choices for the amount are preset ($2, $4, or $6). To tip using card, there is a separate iPad by the door on your way out. They also have vegan-friendly ramen and sell merchandise such as shirts.
This place has appeared in the press, like LA Weekly, but despite the rave reviews, this place was just okaayyy. (more…)
Being in Santa Barbara is depressing sometimes because there is no. good. Asian food. anywhere. The restaurants that dooo exist are unfortunately not authentic (*sob). I’m sitting here on my chair literally counting down the days until spring break, when I can go home and eat legit Asian food again – like at Doori!
Although Korean restaurants often offer a lot of banchan (side dishes), Doori only gives four: 3 types of kimchi and either bean sprouts or fishcake. I believe this is because they like to keep things simple and have the kimchi act as a refreshing contrast to their soups, their specialty. (more…)
Tsujita LA is known as “one of the best” places to get ramen in Los Angeles. Their most popular dish is tsukemen, a type of Japanese ramen that consists of dipping the noodles into a separate bowl of soup.
This review is solely on their tsukemen. All I can say is that it does not live up to the hype because despite the rave reviews, I was quite disappointed in this place. (more…)
Front: Miso Butter Corn Ramen Back: Deluxe Tan Tan Men
Go to Himawari! The service is nice and the prices are very reasonable. Their ramen menu is big so you’re bound to find something you’ll like! Once you find a ramen you like, you choose your soup flavor: soy, salt, or miso. The regular toppings are sliced roasted pork, bamboo stems, and green onion, but you can add more toppings for an additional price.
Not a fan of ramen? Himawari also offers a bunch of cooked appetizers, salads, fried rice, rice bowls, and sushi rolls! The place is small though and it is quite popular, so be prepared to wait!