Saddened by the announcement on another foodie blog that KUISHIMBO, the amazing Japanese grill at Wilshire and Wilton, has closed its doors.
In its heyday in the mid- to late-80s, Kuishimbo--loosely translated "big eater" or "glutton"---was a lunchtime sensation among the office workers along the Wilshire Corridor.
I remember the controlled chaos that was Kuishimbo---a flame-sputing grill, the clamoring lunch crowds, the fight to grab a place to sit or to battle your way to the exit with your to-go containers clutched to your sweaty bosom.
With it's delicious grilled beef ribs, chicken, fish, miso soup, rice and a mysteriously addicting sliced cabbage salad with some kind of mayonnaise/shoyu mix dressing, Kuishimbo proved that if you serve good food at decent prices people will throng to you.
Braving the fact that there hasn't been a Japanese manning the grill since the early 90s,
my visits of late have been in response to a jones for the pork yakisoba/yaki-udon (friend noodles), now deftly prepared in Spanish, not Nihongo, but still the best yakisoba in town.
I have spent virtually my whold life eating at Kuishimbo, and word that it's gone has shaken me.
I want somebody to reply to this post saying, "No, it's still open! I ate there this afternoon!"
The Sherman Oaks' Kuishimbo? Uh-uh. Not the same, baby.