2068 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002534.039696 -118.442402
Neighborhoods: West LA, West Los Angeles
Loved the Kaki Fry! – The food here is really fun and not what you'd expect. It's an Izakaya restaurant, so everything comes in small portions. Everything tasted great. The only downside is that it gets crowded and the seating is kind of tight.
So-So Experience – The food was good, but not fantastic; the service was acceptable, but not stellar. It was nice to go to a Japanese restaurant that offers something other than sushi (not that there's anything wrong with that!) and teriyaki.
If you want to try more traditional Japanese foods, this might be a great little joint to check out. Plus, because everything's served pu pu style, you can afford to walk on the gastrointestinal wild side.
great food but they use tons of msg in their food – Great food. But they use tons of MSG. This place is not for people who have reactions to MSG.
Service was fair.
Chicken Wings are the best here – The chicken wings are sooooo delicious here!!!! I ordered other yummy stuff too, but it's the wings that's going to keep bringing me back.
The parking is kinda weird in the back though... what's with the "pull fwd", so other cars can park behind you and block you in? ekkk.
Great Food – This place is great. I've been going there for a couple of years now pretty regularly. What I like best about it is the fact that you get to sample a number of dishes during one sitting. I think the staff are usually a pretty decent bunch and, contrary to what some other reviewer states, the chef is Japanese. The cooks aren't, but I don't see how that's a big problem. This is L.A. and that's the beauty of it.
My personal favorites:
* Beef sashimi (a bit pricey, but good)
* Chicken liver skewers!
* Chicken wings
* Squid calamari style (don't even think about getting the broiled one)
Usually get some beer and the grilled rice-balls (yaki onigiri) as side dish.
You won't be disappointed.
Terrible lunch service – I?ve gone to lunch here twice and the wait staff is the worst I?ve ever experienced ? the guys who serve food are rude and empty headed. The fist time I went, I got my salad at the end of the meal after reminding him three times. He gave me attitude when I complained so I vowed not to go again. I went back a second time with a group of co-workers thinking it may have changed after a year. Unfortunately, the staff is still bad.
We were a group of ten and called ahead to make sure we could get a table. We were told there was plenty of space in the tatami room, but when we got there, we were told the tatami room is only available at dinner. They wouldn?t let us push the tables together so our group had to sit separate.
When I ordered the Sanma (Mackerel), I was cautioned that American people can?t tolerate this bony fish which is served whole, intestines included. I let the comment slide because I understand he was just trying to be considerate, but it?s annoying to be treated like I don?t know what I?m doing when I never asked.
Other signs of bad service are that two people in our group got their plates almost ten minutes before everyone else. One person had to ask twice to get his bowl of rice halfway through his meal. Five of us ordered the same dish, but only one of us got the side of pickles. Getting a glass of water is a task and the general attitude is poor. We were there before the lunch rush and it wasn?t even that busy.
Bad service aside, there?s nothing special about the food. The chicken wings are pretty good, but not good enough to salvage the rest of the mediocre menu.
not sure what the hype is all about – Sorry to be writing a review that's going to bring down the star average. But, what's the hype??? I don't get it. Seats are small and uncomfortable. Cost of each dish is low, but that's matched by the quantity. If you like your food deep fried or soaked in oil, then this is the restaurant for you. And BTW, don't think the chefs are Japanese. That's the number one sign if a Japanese restaurant is good or not. When the chef is not Japanese, he's not putting his heart into making the food. Food is no longer an art form for him. Just a way to pay the bills. It's like going to a fast food chinese place and all the people in the kitchen are not Chinese.
Great Japanese bar food! – I'm not Japanese so I'm not sure if this is traditional Japanese bar food/ tapas but I do know that the food here is really great regardless if its traditional or not. Try the chicken wings and also the spinach with bacon. Very tasty. Be prepared for a wait though on weekend nights and the parking lot is pretty treacherous too. Look for parking in the surround neighborhood.
Best non-Sushi Japanese food – Definetely try the chicken wings. You'll be instantly hooked. This is the default restaurant my boyfriend and I go to when we can't decide where to eat.
Great Food – Fun place to sample a variety of Japanese Foods. Small portions with small prices. The chicken tanuki is great with its white pepper spice. The veggies are very flavorful and sweet. Gets crowded so expect to wait. The seating is a bit uncomfortable w/its small wooden furniture.
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