New restaurant alert in Tehrangeles: Hakata Izakaya HERO launches in the storefront previously occupied by necco on Westwood Blvd. Reminiscent of the old beloved restaurant Wakasan (housed here before even necco took ownership), Hakata Izakaya HERO aims to supply a good time to locals with lots of yummy eats (and booze to flow along with it) well into the night. Chef Hiro (the “HERO” of our story, get it?) cooks with a style here which is Kyushu-inflected.
Drink menu, in case you are interested…
Daily sashimi assortment: Two types of snapper. Very good.
Garlic shishito pepper: The right way to start the meal. About 20% of the peppers were spicy.
Hitokuchi (teba) gyoza: Ground up chicken wing meat, stuffed back into the chicken wing, for a wonderful bite! Definitely a highlight here.
Skewers: Beef short rib, cilantro wrapped with pork belly, tomato wrapped with pork belly: Perfectly cooked.
Mini housemade gyoza: Glorious small bites.
Chicken karaage: The star of the night! Crispy, tender, juicy… Perfect with a draft Sapporo!
Currently, the kitchen stays open ‘til 11:30PM. Hiro-san says that in the near future, hopefully the city will grant extension of operating hours ‘til past midnight.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Hakata Izakaya HERO
1929 Westwood Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90025