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LA Yakitori Recs

Shin-Sen-Gumi Chanko Restaurant
18519 S. Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
310.715.1201
www.shinsengumiusa.com/locations.php

This place? It looks a chain (10 or so stores, including one in Japan). To be honest, that makes me a little nervous...don't want to end up at Todai (blek). What makes it good?

Oct 12, 2006
greenxoai in Los Angeles Area

LA Yakitori Recs

After scouring past posts, it seemed like board fave Nanbankan would satisfy my serious yakiniku craving. Then I checked out "the delicious life's" pics: http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com/... Don't get me wrong, the pics are gorgeous and the food looks delicious...but is that a tablecloth I see? White platters? Sushi?

I'm looking for a place more like Yakitori Taisho on St. Marks Place in NYC, described by New York Magazine as "a cramped, dingy subterranean space lined with tin foil, old calendars, and smoke stains..." oh, and "...the food rocks, too." That place was awesome- the delicious food was well worth the hour-long wait and harried service.

So, is there a great yakiniku place that's cheap, delicious & not at all fancy? Or do I have it wrong about Nanbankan being too fancy-pants for our sensibilities (and budget)? Or do I have it right, but it’s still worth it given the alternatives?

I've tracked down some info for other recs mentioned on the board:

Nanban-kan Restaurant
11330 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.478.1591

Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
2125 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6249View Map
310.473.0580

Tamaen
1935 Pacific Coast Highway
Lomita CA, 90717
310.326.0829
www.tamaen.com (in Japanese

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Yakitori-ya
11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 101 (on Sawtelle)
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310.479.5400

Kokekokko
360 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.687.0690
(yakitori-only?)

Thanks!

PS This title should really read "LA Yakiniku Recs" not "LA Yakitori Recs," since we're looking to chow on more than just chicken. I don't think I can change it now, though!

Oct 12, 2006
greenxoai in Los Angeles Area