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Takuma

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Katsuni

Katsuni is tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) lightly simmered in soy sauce and sweet mirin with onion, topped with half cooked egg.

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Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a stew that consists of beef, noodles, and vegetables served hot pot style.

The interior of the restaurant has a modern feel and the bathroom is very clean (sorry, don’t have any pictures). The food is good, but the portions are small because it is tapas style. The only thing odd is that they play Spanish music in this otherwise very Japanese restaurant! Perhaps to emphasize the tapas-styleness? No se ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Takuma
2627 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Tsujita LA

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.

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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…)

Himawari

Looking for a good place to get ramen?

Front: Miso Butter Corn Ramen Back:

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!


Himawari
202 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas

For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE Yelp addict. Reading reviews for all sorts of places, looking at pictures of food, and searching for hidden gems is one of my hobbies. I currently have 920 bookmarks.. yes, I might have a slight problem LOL. Every few months, I go through all of them to delete ones that don’t interest me anymore, but I end up finding other places so they keep adding up more and more. As much as I love to read other people’s reviews though, I rarely ever write one on the site myself. Today, I looked at my drafts for the first time in a while and found this one that I had basically completed but never uploaded:

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Gyutan Kakuni

The first time I ever tried beef tongue was here at Gochi. This braised beef tongue was served with mashed potato butter gravy. Fast forward a little over two years to this day, and their beef tongue is still the only one I have actually enjoyed because it tasted like regular meat (with none of the chewiness that comes with tongue).  (more…)

Mo Ran Gak

Wow, today was hot. You know what would’ve been nice to have today?
A nice big bowl of naengmyun.

Bibim Naengmyun (Spicy Cold Noodles)

Bibim Naengmyun (Spicy Cold Noodles)

Mo Ran Gak’s food and service are top notch(more…)