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Wakasanchi

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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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 Match.com 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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Furaibo

Furaibo is a Japanese restaurant in Micro Tokyo (see below).  They have a fairly extensive menu and it’s very much more similar to a common type of Japanese restaurant in Japan unlike most Japanese restaurants in America.

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Cafe 50’s

Ya know I really only put this here because I had a picture of it since it’s between Califnornia Roll Factory and Le Saigon.  I’ve been here a couple of times.  Pretty standard fair for a 50’s style dinner.  Burgers, fries, shakes, malts and other stuff.  They are open until 1 or 2 on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Santa Monica West of the 405 just before Barrington.

 

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