Hi there, writing from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.
I moved here from New York City in August. Thanks to chowhound I found a good Korean place called Sa Rit Gol in Koreatown. The waitress spoke no English, which is a good thing, I think. The raw oyster lettuce wrap was very tasty. Highly recommended overall.
I heard many good things here and elsewhere for Daichan in Studio City, billed as "Japanese Soul Food", so I gave it a try tonight with my wife, who is Taiwanese.
The food was not expensive, but for that price you can get better at Kyushu Ramen or in Japantown, both of which are closer to our home.
I wouldn't necessarily have known that the food was designed for Americans, if my wife hadn't told me. But she has a point; for Japanese food, the sauces were too sweet, the fried food batter was too hard and too wet, the rice was too stiff.
Our final impression: Daichan may be fun for American friends who want to walk on the Japanese side, but we won't be going there again for an authentic Japanese meal.