Oak & Coal is a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. It may be the first OC restaurant that has dedicated itself to serving just yakitori. Aside from the kimchi dumplings, two soba dishes and a cucumber salad, the menu is composed entirely of yakitori and kushiyaki items. Oak & Coal also distinguishes itself as the first yakitori restaurant in the area to cater to the not-necessarily Japanese. The restaurant is the latest concept by Jeff Chon of the Alley Restaurant, the Wayfarer and Tabu Shabu, located across the parking lot from Oak & Coal. It’s a noisy, lively place, with the bar seats that overlook the kitchen a shoulder-to-shoulder affair and the big communal table at the center of the room crowded with bodies.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. by Edwin Goei
In Japan, yakitoriyas peddling skewers of roasted chicken are everywhere. They range from hole-in-the-wall dives, into which overworked salarymen duck to order a few sticks and chug a stein of beer, to ultra-expensive temples of pou...