Another (delectable) attempt to make a small-plates Japanese eating-and-drinking concept work in OC
ProfessorSalt.comNot the ramen from your college daysJust as New York, Chicago, Naples, and Rome have evolved their distinct styles of pizza, different parts of Japan have regional styles of ramen, distinguished primarily by their soups. Did you know Orange County has adopted its own ramen style?
Edwin Goei SushiliciousOn this episode of Dueling Dishes we pit two revolving sushi houses. Sushilicious is the newcomer; Kaisen is the long-established contender. But this week, we're not comparing just a single dish between the two of them. Since one dish can literally constitute just one b ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Sagami, 3850 Barranca Pkwy. Ste B., Irvine, CA 92606, (949) 857-8030 . The Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Deal: Sapporo on tap for 50% off ($1.88 for a frosty mug). Hot sake, also 50% off. $4.95 sushi rolls (Rainbow, Spicy Yellowtail, Salmon Skin, or S ... More >>
[Summer Guide] A rundown of the best non-chain eats at the Big A
Is the Irvine noodle restaurant as overpriced and underwhelming as the Yelpers and Chowhounds make it out to be?
Signs went up recently in the Target Plaza on Tustin St. and Meats Av. in Orange for Okazu Ramen House, at 2143 N. Tustin St. #A1, at the far southeastern end of the plaza.avlxyz @ flickr.com CC BY-SA 2.0
It'd be nice to be able to eat Bluefin or Shibucho every time the sushi urge strikes, but sometimes lunch is grabbed on the way between two meetings; sometimes dinner needs to be a quick pick-up before drinking the bulk of one's daily calories (other people do this, right?) and that precludes a real ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI can't say I'm surprised. The spot previously occupied by Haru Izakaya -- the Korean izakaya I reviewed for OC Weekly and chronicled when it folded -- is being reworked into a sushi joint.
As I was driving home, I noticed that Maki-Zushi's got a new sign. Luckily, I wasn't drinking milk, because it would've come gushing out of my nose and onto my dashboard. Just so that you know that I'm not making it up, I took a picture. Yep. It's Maki Zushi - "Hardcore Sushi". Now, I don't ... More >>
You know times are tough when even a standard like Kappo Suzumaru in Tustin, still one of the better examples of serving serious Japanese food and sushi, was near empty on a Thursday night like yesterday. I've patronized this place for years, usually Thursdays for purely coincidental reasons, and ha ... More >>
OK. I'll admit it. I go to Yoshinoya....a lot. As a kid, my parents decided that their beef and teriyaki chicken bowls were a better alternative than McDonald's or Burger King. And as with anything one grows up with, it's a comfort food that's hard to shake. Also, it's cheap. It has ... More >>
Everything that Edwin wrote about Hamamori in South Coast Plaza earlier this year is true--the sushi is creative and stunning (and, quite frankly, worth it), the sashimi a bit pricier but also divine, the entrees decadent. One appetizer he didn't mention, however, were the rock shrimp tempura with a ... More >>
Have you noticed something lately? Izakayas -- the Japanese equivalent to the gastro-pub, tapas house, and neighborhood bar all wrapped up into one -- are popping up all over O.C. So many izakayas have opened lately, in fact, that the trend is obvious: Izakaya is the new sushi. Last year, Takashi ... More >>
Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M. The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia). Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>
'Save the music, y'all'
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Are you as pissed off as the rest of Southern California by David Allen Gunther, the ex-con exposed by Moxley in this week's cover story? Then do something about it: JJ Hawaiian BBQ and Sushi, one of the businesses targeted by Gunther, is in danger of closing thanks to that jerk. Owner Jin Kim had ... More >>
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