Sunday, May 22, 2022

Yelp Elite: Oyabun@Koreatown ★

Yelp Elite Perk: 3 Free Specialty Rolls. A generous $60 value at the Korean sushi restaurant. All rolls were great. Baked Salmon Roll even came in flames. Uni was on the bitter side. Shrimp was very fresh. Shrimp head can be fried upon request. The head was huge, meaty, and delicious. I only paid for the Uni and Shrimp Sashimi I ordered. Sashimi seems to be overpriced. More than Japanese restaurant. I remember paying $40 for 6 pieces of Live Shrimp at Korea restaurant back in the days. They have their own fish tanks. Parking on the street or at their lot for $4.

Complimentary Banchan

Baked Salmon Roll (originally $20)
Crab, Avocado, Baked Salmon, Baked Mayo, Eel Sauce

Shrimp Tempura Roll (originally $20)
Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Shrimp Tempura, Crunch Flakes, Eel Sauce

Hot Night Roll (originally $20)
Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna

Live Sea Urchin (L) $38

Live Shrimp Sashimi (L) $23

Shrimp Head Can Be Fried Upon Request

3060 W Olympic Blvd Ste 150
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 572-6771

Foo Foo Tei@Hacienda Heights ★★★

Cozy Japanese Restaurant with Great Quality. Everything was great. Tuna Yamakase was sweet and amazing. Soup Base Nan Chatte Tonkotsu Ramen was silky, smooth, and tasty. OM Rice was perfect with the egg not fully cooked. Lower price point with generous portions. Wide range of appetizers. You can add $2 to a side order to make it a value set with Salad, Rice, and Miso Soup. Miso Soup was a bit watery and had a raw water smell though. Have beer, sake, and wine available. It gets busy for lunch. Need to be here by 1pm for lunch, and the last order is 1:40pm. Walk-in only.

Nan Chatte Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle Soup $11.00
with white cream soup

Salad (Comes with OM Rice)

Tuna Yamakake $9

Fried Liver $6

OM Katsu Curry $15

Nan Chatte Tonkotsu Ramen Noodle Soup $11.00
with white cream soup

Green Tea Calpico $3.50

Foo Foo Tei
15018 Clark Ave
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 937-6585

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Ise-Shima@Torrance ★

Extensive Course Dinner. Miyako Couse comes with Miyako Salad, Tempura, Vegetables, Main Dish of your choice, Miso Soup, Rice, and Mochi Ice Cream. Apple Ginger Dressing in the Miyako Salad was amazing, especially well with the sliced almond chips. Sushi is just ok. A bit too big. Sesame Mochi Ice Cream is the best flavor. Service is nice, but Maître d' at front desk is rude.

Nigiri Sushi Gozen (Miyako Course) $47

Miyako Salad with Apple Ginger Dressing (Miyako Course)

Tempura (Miyako Course)

Nimono Vegetables (Miyako Course)

Cod (Miyako Course) $52


Caterpillar Roll $20

Sesame Mochi Ice Cream

Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream

Miyako Hybrid Hotel
21381 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-6700

Hoy-Ka Thai Restaurant@Hollywood ★

Thai Restaurant with 2,000+ Yelp Reviews. Raw Naked Shrimp Salad caught my eye. It's like Amaebi (Japanese Raw Shrimp) Salad. It is definitely interesting with a nice spicy and sour lime flavor to it. Jade Noodle is loaded with good meat in sweet & sour flavor soup. Spinach Noodles are green. Felt healthy. Chrysanthemum is directly from the Chinese grocery store. They also have Sticky Mango Rice, but I was already full. Need to try next time. Parking in rear.

Naked Shrimp Salad $12
fresh lettuce topped with fresh raw shrimps & spicy lime dressing

Jade Noodle (Soup) $15
spinach noodle with crispy pork, bbq pork, & roasted duck

Green Spinach Noodles

Chrysanthemum $4

Hoy-Ka Thai Restaurant
5908 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-2979

Saturday, May 14, 2022

kodō@Arts District ★★★

Fantastic New Izakaya Restaurant. Hidden gem in the Arts District. Only opened for 4 weeks. Love all the food. Could get pricey. Premium Trio Handroll is expensive ($60), but it's worth a try. Shark's Heart was very special. It tasted like Chicken Sashimi, which was great with its texture. Monkfish Karaage was moist and soft with the perfect flavor. The Shiso Gelato tasted like Green Tea Ice Cream. Great cocktails. Probably can't go wrong with any cocktails there. Great service. Dinner only. Arrived 30 minutes before our 6:00pm reservation but still got seated. Have outdoor, indoor bar, and indoor booth seating. Arrive early. Street parking could be a bit challenging in the busy area. Reservations made via Resy.

Special: Premium Trio $60
toro, uni, and black caviar with shiso leaf served on a handroll

Complimentary Brewed Sencha upon arrival (one per person)

Midori's Melon Soda $14
nankai kokuto shochu, midori, lime, chareau, clarified milk, soda, cherry
Special: Aperol Spritz! with Blood Orange $16

Special: Bonito Sashimi with Onion Salad $29

Special: Shark Heart $26

Monkfish Karaage $16

Tsukune (Chicken Meatball) $15
chicken, jidori egg yolk, yakitori-dare

Egg yolk will stay in middle – there is a hole under it

Special: Premium Trio $60

Kimo (Eel Liver) $7

Gelato Fruit Cup $14 (charged $14 but it's $12 on the menu)
strawberry, japanese mandarin, kumquat jelly + shiso gelato

710 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Yelp Elite: Salvadores Mezcal x Monte Alban@Westwood ★★★

Yelp Elite Event: Salvadores Mezcal Tasting at Monte Alban. Free authentic Oaxacan food and Mezcal tasting, thanks to Yelp. Nice tasting portions. The Mezcal tasting was guided by Salvador. Unlike Tequila, Mezcal is meant to be drunk in small sips. Tobala Mezcal had smoky flavor with a hint of Citrus. My favorite dish of the night was Taco Enchilado de Picadillo, served in a yummy Red Mole Sauce, which will go well with anything. Food were generally spicy, so they paired nicely with the Mezcal. Flan had a sweet caramel flavor. Very friendly staff. They even demonstrated Oaxacan dance for us in conclusion of the event!

Salvadores Mezcal Tasting

Ceviche de Camaron
Paired with Tobala Joven

Mole Verde de Pollo
Paired with Tepeztate Joven

Taco Enchilado de Picadillo
Pair: Cirial Joven

Traditional Mexican House-Made Flan

Salvador from Salvadores Mezcal

Restaurant Manager


Natural Wine Label

Take Home Gift

Oaxacan Dance by the Manager and Chef

 Monte Alban Restaurant
11929 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-7736