Excellent Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills. If you visit the ecclectic Hollywood district (with love, in my opinion, but it is a little weird), you should eat there or at least consider it if you also want the mix of fabulous views, and, of course if you love Japanese food you have to get a reservation at this restaurant. (Best dinner, and the night views are nice.) The ingredients are fresh, they have an original menu (try the "oyster shot"), it's comfortable and the surroundings are beautiful. It looks like an ancient Japanese Palace. I give it a 8 out of 10 as far as the food goes. My photos were taken with my phone, so they're terrible. They don't do it justice, it's better to pop onto the website.
Having a craving for Japanese food during your time in Los Angeles? Try out Oiwake Japanese Restaurant located in the Japanese town. I went for the lunch buffet and found the food selection to be good. And the best of all it tasted really good! The price is really competitive which makes it a really good choice. During my time there, there was a company event so it was pretty packed. They have private dining rooms if you are looking for some small celebrations. Overall, it is a must try!
This popular hole in the wall ramen restaurant in Little Tokyo seems to always have a line outside, but that’s because the food served is so good! This place has to have some of the best ramen around. The Daikoku Ramen is a must-try, and if you get the combo, it comes with a bowl of salad and your choice of chicken egg, port cutlet, or salmon sashimi, among other choices. Those not feeling up for ramen can also find other quality, filling meals as well, including bento boxes and sushi options. Service is quick, attentive and friendly. There’s metered street parking available and some nearby structures that charge anywhere between $3 to $6 in the late afternoon/evening. Highly recommended for ramen lovers and visitors who want to experience a favorite spot among locals!
Enjoy a cozy, local eatery at Tickle Tree Café. Located in La Crescenta on Foothill Boulevard, it’s a homey place to grab some food and coffee any day of the week. They’ll even serve you lattes with art! I’m a fan of the tickle tree burger, but there are a ton of other entrees to try out, particularly sandwiches. There are also fries, omelets and a soba noodle salad, among other things. No issues with parking here – you can go inside the lot or find residential street parking and walk a minute or two. Service is friendly and there is free Wi-Fi. Highly recommended for those looking for a local restaurant with a very local feel.
There’s no better place to get a fix of poke at a great deal than Poke n’ Roll in Glendale. For $10.15 (+ tax), you get a customized bowl (or brown box, rather) of either white or brown rice, two types of fish (choices include salmon, tuna, spicy tuna, spicy salmon, albacore, and more!), the option of a free scoop of crab, three toppings (such as avocado, green onions, seaweed salad, corn, etc.), and your choice of sauce. They’ll also provide wasabi and ginger if you’d like, at no additional cost. This is a pretty casual place in a plaza, and it’s quite small inside. When it gets crowded, customers are directed to the Japanese restaurant next door, where the servers are nice enough to offer water. Parking is free, although the lot only has a few parking spots. There is also residential parking down the street for free. Highly recommended if you’re craving poke, on a budget and in the Glendale area!