It makes no sense to me how bad Japanese food is in America. Especially in L.A. and S.F. there are large enough populations of native Japanese peoples that you’d think there would be some good restaurants. Although there are some good sushi places, almost without fail anything that is not sushi in pretty craptacular. There are a few places that are okay but none have been true Japanese food.

That is until now. Wakasanchi is 100% authentic. Everything I was given was not in the least bit out of place from my experiences in Tokyo. The “Omakase” or leave it to the chef thing might be a little off putting for some but I think it’s for the best because unless you’ve lived in Japan you would not know what or how to order.

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Baja Bud’s

My favorite place for a carnitas(pork) burrito.  Baja Buds is a chain.  If you have a friend how does like Mexican food take them to Baja Buds.  Order a carnitas burrito with guac and mild salsa and have them give it a try.  If they don’t like it something’s wrong. 😉

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Filipino place on South

You’re going to have to ask my friend Rose about this one.  It’s good, it’s authentic, but I haven’t the slightest idea what to order nor do I remember exactly how to get there.  Assuming there is only one Tower Records in Cerritos you could look that up because it’s in the same shopping center.  One interesting dish is called Chicken with Spoon in Ass.  Just kidding.  They have a dish that is a whole small chicken cooked a really long time so it almost falls apart when you get it.  It’s delivered on a plate whole with a spoon sticking out the top which in this case is it’s bottom so I decided it should be called "Chicken with Spoon in Ass" :-)

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Le Saigon

Horray!  Vietnamese food on the west side.  Pho, Charbroiled Pork, Vietnamese style eggrolls.  Yummy.

Acutally it’s not great but it’s not bad either.  Perfect when you have a craving but you can’t make it down to Orange County.  Very inexpensive too.

On Santa Monica West of the 405 just before Barrington.


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Insomnia Cafe

On Beverly and Poinsettia.  Another coffee shop.  The point of this one seems to be that lots of screenwriters (or wannabe screenwriters) hang out here with their laptops and type their latest screen plays or movie treatments.  I just sat there and edited my webpages.  Does that make me a poser?

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Hurry Curry of Tokyo

If you haven’t tried Japanese curry you should give it a try.  For lack of a better description, it’s a plate of rice with gravy and usually some kind of meat.  Hamburger, Breaded Chicken (Chicken Katsu) and potatoes are probably the most common additions.  Unlike some other types of curry, Japanese curry is generally not very spicy.  Even if you order it spicy it usually won’t come close to even a medium Mexican salsa in terms of hotness.

This is a good place to Japanese curry.  They serve the curry on the side like a bowl of gravy with a ladle so you can spoon it on yourself.

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Micro Tokyo

I’m not sure if that’s the "official" name of this area but on Sawtelle just north of Olympic there are about 3 or 4 blocks of Japanese stores.  It seems alot more lively than Little Tokyo in downtown L.A even if it is really small.  I’ve heard it called Little Osaka and also L.A. city had flags up calling it just Sawtelle.

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Noodle Planet

There are two or three for these.  The one pictured above is in Westwood on Westwood Blvd.  There is another on Valley Blvd in Monterey Park just west of Garfield.  They have a ton of noodle dishes (and several non-noodle dishes) from lots of different Asian cultures.  My favorite is the Noodle Planet Pho.  It’s a little spicy. 


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Sushi Mon

I met a date here.  Not bad, the food and the date.  A little expensive though not for L.A. sushi but they had this one dish, which was the reason to go, which is basically tuna (or was it salmon) and tomatoes and some sauce on top of a large wanton chip.  That was really good even if another friend of mine frowned at the mix of tomatoes and sushi.






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Chan Dara / Chan Darette

Chan Dara is a small Thai restaurants that was introduced to me by Giant Robot magazine which described it as, the place where the waitresses look like Asian fashion models.  Of course I had to check that out and guess what, it was true.  Fortunately the food was good too.  I’m not sure if this is "authentic" but I like it.

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