So. Is there a consensus on best current destination over there in Little Osaka for food? Just food quality consideration.
Used to hang out there soooo much but lately not even an annual visit and it’s always for Tsukemen. I know there are other spots i’m missing and we will be going to Annenberg today and should grub first.
Have Menya bookmarked.
Artelise for desserts seems an easy decision after.
“Best” is hard b/c, while there’s a lot of ramen joints, it’s hard to compare ramen to Chinese food to Korean tofu places (all of which are along that stretch).
Have been to Menya once and enjoyed it (certainly found it to be relatively rich w/o being disgustingly so). Didn’t think the curry cutlet was THAT great of a deal, though, since I’d need the larger size to feel full. Don’t over order w/ the ramen b/c the portion sizes for the ramen is pretty decent (large w/o a lot of additional filler is pretty satisfying).
I enjoyed Sonoritas tacos (or whatever it’s called) the one time I went. Yeah, I know people don’t go to Sawtelle for tacos, but… Ditto on Kimukatsu (which has a great old-school feel).
Some people have found Tasty Noodle House to be bland, but I think the food there is pretty good. SJB are great, skip the XLB, though.
Also skip the udon place b/c, while it’s fine for what it is, it’s not a destination.
If you’re going to Annenberg, though, did you just want to go to DTF instead? Very close and you can weigh in on the quality of the XLB (a current topic of discussion in another thread).
The person who cuts my hair didn’t think much of Artelice. I haven’t been myself.
Edit: just saw @PorkyBelly’s post. Yes, if it’s absolutely and only food quality you’re after, then Sushi Tsujita does make sense…
RE: Killer Noodle - apparently they’ve really toned-down the spice levels there, which used to be somewhat legendary. I wouldn’t know what they originally were, but I ordered mine fairly spicy and found it quite mild. My dining companions told me it was quite toned-down from when they had been going regularly previously.
Otherwise the food was good, but not really destination-worthy IMO.
@paranoidgarliclover I just did some digging and it seems to be less of a rumor and more of a work in progress.
The Raku Corporation（楽コーポレーション–no relation to Aburiya Raku）is planning on opening one of their Shirube（汁べゑ）concepts in the old Musha space on Wilshire.
This is very exciting news. Some FTCers may have even been to one of their restaurants in Tokyo (Store List [in Japanese]).
I used to go to their Shimikitazawa location semi-frequently.
They serve better-than-average izakaya fare and lots of booze in a fun atmosphere. (Menu)
One of their signature dishes is shime saba (vinegared mackerel) dish that is served and torched tableside (photo below).
Have you tried Takuma? I had never been to Musha, and Takuma is not anything elevated (and some of Taku’s takes on izakaya are… idiosyncractic, shall we say?), but it might have the fun and easy-going vibe you’er looking for…
Both heat and numbing. I was adding ghost pepper flakes by the spoonful. I’ve only been once, and I don’t really see a compelling reason to make a repeat trip, to be honest. I live and work closer to DTLA and South Bay; between Little Tokyo and Gardena, I’m pretty sure better ramen can be found.
The couple I went with told me it used to be their go-to date spot, but it had been a little while since they’d last been. They said it wasn’t how they’d remembered it, and were glad they’d requested the little jar of ghost pepper flakes.