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Restaurants & Bars

IZAKAYA HARU ULALA

ickster | Mar 15, 2006 07:32 PM

This past Friday four of us went to this restaurant, which is japanese small plates/pub style establishment on 2nd street in little tokyo, around the corner from Kokekoko (the yakitori place). The place has about 10 small tables lining the walls as well as a bar type of area in a sort of U shape. We just started choosing stuff of the handwritten menus (there are two different menus). The following is a recap of what we ordered:

-raw oysters, hama hama, as they were out of kumamotos
-tuna sashimi
-hamachi kama ( broiled yellow tail collar)
-grilled king crab legs
-exquisite pork buta kakuni, cooked in a sweet soy ginger sauce and so tender we cut it with chopsticks (so good we ordered it twice)
-grilled beef tongue served with spicy mustard, suprisingly tender
-muzuko toruro, a mixture of seaweed and grated yam in vinegar, which is a bit slimy
-grilled sardine with roe
-deep fried mushroom stuffed with minced shrimp and coated in batter, good stuff
-grilled peppers (shishito) with bonito shavings
-grilled mushrooms (naturally sweet)
-grilled asparagus
-a couple of rolls: spider with softshell crab and california roll
-steamed rice
-scallops sauteed in butter
-mango and strawberry mochi ice cream

My favorites were the grilled shitake mushrooms and the pork kukuni. We had a whole lot of Beer and Sake over the nearly two hours of food, drink and conversation. By the time we left, there was a line out the door. The bill added up, with the total coming to, with tip, $180.00. Dishes that I saw others order that looked good were the grilled rice balls, deep fried oysters and conch sashimi.

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