Yuko Kitchen / Mid-Wilshire
A shout-out to a beloved neighborhood spot.
I normally don’t start threads for a single restaurant; preferring to leave it to the Magellans. But we frequent this little spot and have been wanting to give a shout. With the opening of a new locale in DTLA this seems like a good time.
Yuko Kitchen is a Japanese “mom and pop”… If “mom and pop” were a hip lady and her young crew serving affordable, Japanese comfort food with a nod to other L.A. cultures - in a little spot that seems more 70’s Haight Ashbury than Tokyo.
Tasty Minced Beef Bowl - Ground Beef, Green Peppers, Spicy Miso, Greens & Rice
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
Really tender white meat, dusted with flour or cornstarch before sautéing gives it a nice, golden exterior .
Taco Rice Bowl - Ground Beef, Chickpeas, Cucumber, Avocado, White & Green Onions, Cucumbers, Salsa, Radish, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Crispy Wonton Strips, Rice & Greens
We’ve been discussing the practice of “gentrifying ethnic foods” calling it fusion and charging more. What does it mean when one “ethnic” group fuses with another “ethnic” group? If it’s done right I call it yummy .
Behold the “Bowl-lito” - Japanese-Burrito
Teriyaki Chicken, Cucumber, Avocado, Greens, Rice, Nori, Spicy Mayo. They can be a little secretive about exact ingredients, but I detect an extra somethin’ in the spicy mayo, fish sauce perhaps .
Chicken & Vegetable Udon (Hot) - Chicken, Cabbage, Leaks, Udon Noodles & Mother’s Secret Soup (dashi)
Apple Mint Lemonade w/Crushed Ice
A Case of Seasonals
They also have a tasty dessert case
Yuko Kitchen can be a little cramped during the day, resulting in a lot of take-out; I don’t even want to think about what the kitchen is like. But during less busy hours the patio seating is a nice respite from the chaos that is Wilshire Blvd.
Meals are about $23.00 + tip. for two ppl. Not bad.
For those who care: they serve in ceramic/glass (not melamine) bowls and takeout is in paper not styrofoam .
5484 Wilshire Blvd
(entrance on dunsmuir)
Los Angeles, CA 90036