Friday, January 13, 2023

Yama Sake Tasting@West LA ★★★

Amazing Sake Tasting Event at Yama Sushi Sake Attitude. Tasting 5 different sake for $15 with generous pours and refills. Came with Sashimi sample and chocolate for pairing, free Fried Chicken Karaage to take home, and 20% off all sake bottles in the store. My favorite was Emishiki Ginjo World Peace. It paired with Sashimi very well. I bought a bottle of it. Super fun event. Friendly staff. Looking forward to the next one. Tasting reservations via Tock.

1st pour: Mio Sparkling Sake

2nd pour: Kikusui Junmai Ginjo

3rd pour: Emishiki Ginjo World Peace
pairs with tuna sashimi

3rd pour: Emishiki Ginjo World Peace
pairs with tuna sashimi

4th pour: Hakkaisan Snow Junmai Daiginjo
aged in snow for 3 years

Wendy Narumi Kohno's Sake Badge

5th pour: Hakatsuru Sayuri Nigori
pairs with chocolate

Master of Sake, Wendy Narumi Kohno

Generous Pours

Fried Chicken Karaage to take home

Sake we bought

Yama Sushi Sake Attitude
11709 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 903-6218

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Wally's@Beverly Hills ★★★

Truffle and Pinot Noir in a "Wine Library". Truffle honey and melted brie texture in Wood Oven Baked Brie was amazing. Bread was warm and crispy. Shaved truffle on top. Truffle pizza was light and tasty, like flatbread style. Truffle fries are must-try. No reservations. Walk-in only. Free parking at structure next to the restaurant if entering before 6pm.

Wood Oven Baked Brie $28
French baguette, fernier brie, truffle honey, truffle butter, shaved truffle

Truffle Pizza $28
porcini truffle purée, truffle oil, buffalo mozzarella, wild arugula, shaved truffle

Truffle Fries $24
grated parmesan, truffle oil, shaved truffle

Failla Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast 2021

Wally's Beverly Hills
447 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 475-3540

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Orange Bistro@Alhambra ★★

New Taiwanese Restaurant in Downtown Alhambra. Pricier than usual but big portions. Better for large group. The Cup Chicken Combination was rich and flavorful with Squid and Intestine. Best to order a bowl of rice for $1.50 to pair it. Taiwanese Assorted Pan-Fried Rice Noodles was nice, and it's also better with rice. Oyster Omelet was nice. Thin Noodle with Black Sesame Oil was a big bowl of plain noodles. Nice and friendly staff. Had some language barrier because I didn't understand Mandarin. Complimentary pot of tea. No wait for Sunday lunch.

Three Cup Chicken Combination $25.99

Complimentary Vegetables

Oyster Omelet $15.99

Taiwanese Assorted Pan-Fried Rice Noodles $15.99

Basil Preserved Egg Stinky Tofu $16.99

Thin Noodle with Black Sesame Oil $10.99

Orange Bistro
11 W Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 656-6555

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Inaba@Torrance ★★★

Great Handmade Udon, Soba, and Tempura. Udon is Inaniwa style. Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course is $70. Comes with Sashimi, Chawanmushi, 2 Tempura Courses, Noodles with Kakiage, and Ice Cream. Cold Tororo (grated mountain yam) Soba is my favorite. Free parking in lot.

Cold Tororo Soba $17

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course
Tempura Course #1

Asahi Draft Beer (12 oz) $7

Edamame for Beer (infused with Shiso Leaves)

Chicken Teriyaki $16

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course
Tempura Course #2

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course
Kakiage with Hot Udon

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course
Kakiage with Hot Udon

Deluxe Tempura Kaiseki Course
Green Tea Ice Cream

Inaba Restaurant
20920 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 371-6675

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Tonchin LA@Hollywood ★★

Restaurant Originally from Tokyo and NY Pre-Opening. Even though this is a ramen restaurant, there are still a selection of appetizers for you to enjoy and with different kinds of sake. My first time hearing about pairing Ramen with Sake. Love the Cucumber appetizer. Chicken Wings and Tonkotsu Ramen were also their signature dishes. Turned out great. Tried 5 bottles of sake. Kuheiji was my favorite in terms of aroma and price point. Smooth and fruity. Matcha Shaved Ice was amazing. Friendly staff. $12 valet or limited parking on side streets.

Smoked Dashi $20
homemade noodles, tokyo tonkotsu pork broth, menma, egg, smoked fish oil, clams, radish sprouts, tobiko, seaweed

Pre-Opening with Shota-san, Sake Sommelier from Fifth Taste! And ran into Wrestle Champion!

Heiwa Shuzo KID Agara $92
Kuheiji Eau du Desir $98
Heiwa Shuzo Muryozan $150
Katsuyama Ken $135

Cucumber $8
cucumber, onion, vinegar, micro shisho, sea salt

Heiwa Shuzo Muryozan $150

Potato & Crab $19
snow crab, potato, onion tobiko, mayonnaise, mustard vinaigrette, shiso

Tonchin Salad $17
greens, grapefruit, tonchin fresh dressing, olive oil, lemon

Fried Frish Buns $16
black cod, cilantro, chili sauce, tartare sauce, chili bean paste, mayonnaise, egg, parsley, lemon

Curry & Cheese Wings $15
chicken wing, white pepper, teriyaki, permigiano cheese, chive

Unagi Rice Ball $7
eel, pickled ginger, sansho pepper, seaweed

Spicy Wings $14
chicken wing, white pepper, pink pepper, teriyaki

Gyoza $15
ground pork, chinese cabbage, ginger, sesame oil, scallion, rice vinegar, soy sauce, spicy sauce

Chashu Rice Ball $7
aburi chashu, spicy mayo, sesame, radish sprout, seaweed

Shrimp Rice Ball $8
shirmp, chive, tempura sauce, seaweed

Edamame $8
chilled edamame, basil, plum, red shiso, oilive oil

Katsuyama Ken $135

Kuheiji Eau du Desir $98

Strawberry Kaki-Gori $16
fresh strawberry, tonchin honey cream sauce, mint

Matcha Kaki-Gori $18
matcha bar ceremonial grade matcha, tonchin honey cream sauce, red bean paste

Katsuyama Ken $135
Kuheiji Eau du Desir $98
Heiwa Shuzo Muryozan $150
Kuheiji Eau du Desir $98
Heiwa Shuzo KID Agara $92
Shibata Black Yuzu $86

Tonchin LA
5665 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038