Weekend Food Choices Week 15: A Japanese Walkabout Buffet
Weekend Food Choices:
3. Little Tokyo
Hubby was craving for Japanese food, a lot of it, so we decided we would hit a J buffet!
This was our first time at little tokyo and walking through the gate and down the alley felt like we were suddenly back in Japan’s little streets
At the end of the narrow path was a square filled with tables and chairs, with different japanese restaurants on each side
We’ve already heard quite a few comments about Little Tokyo, majority of which were thumbs up for those seeking authentic japanese food and ambiance. The only reason it took us so long to try this place out is because of its location.
Now that we finally got to visit, we decided we would try all the food places by getting a dish from each restaurant, thus, our own Japanese walkabout buffet.
We began our merry food trip at Oishinbo.
The interior of Oishinbo is simple. A bar and a couple of tables that could sit 4 people each. We soon found out that this just about how all the restaurants in Little Tokyo looked like
We ordered a platter of 5 kinds of sushi and hot ocha
The sushi platter included my favorite, uni sushi
It was definitely a good start to a good dinner
Next we headed to Kagura
This restaurant specializes in the japanese pancake okonomiyaki.
The name okonomiyaki is derived from okonomi, meaning what you want and yaki meaning grilled. We were lucky enough to find ourselves at the bar where we had front row seats to how this dish was made.
Two chefs were working on the orders
The batter of okonomiyaki is made of flour and shredded cabbage and depending on what your ordered, the other ingredients are added
There’s also a variety, what they call the modern okonomiyaki, where noodles can be added
We decided to just go with the traditional okonomiyaki, with squid and egg and no noodles
The pancake was topped with a sweet dark sauce and a lighter one that seemed like japanese mayo
It was a good and healthy dish!
We transferred to the restaurant next door
Hanna specializes in takoyaki, grilled octopus, cooked right outside the restaurants door
The steaming delicious soft takoyaki balls arrived after 15 minutes of cooking
The soft japanese dimsum had chewy diced octopus and was delicious!
Hubby had wanted tonkotsu ramen and we were told that we could order from the other restaurants if we wanted and they would serve it where we were.
Our waiter confirmed that niko niko, the restaurant by the walkway entrance, had tonkotsu based ramen
She ordered the ramen for us and it was served in 5 minutes
The soup was simple but delicious
I also ordered tempura
And ended the delicious dinner with a light dessert of grape flavored shaved ice
It was a great night of good food! Definitely not your ordinary Japanese buffet!