Every year for the past three or four years, we have taken Dad out on Father's Day for some food and drinks - emphasis on the drinks. Dad enjoys having a relaxing meal of finger foods and pitchers of beer - so we have kind of made a tradition out of it - the Daddy's Day Boozefest. It's become quite a fun time, with our other buddies bringing their Dad's along as well. Last year's soiree culminated with our Dad's dancing to YMCA with a throng of Hooter's Waitresses - good times.
Dad wanted to celebrate on Saturday this year, as to minimize the hangover he could have faced on Monday, had we stuck to a Sunday event. Mom and Dad have recently moved to OC, and Dad was just not feeling the drive up to LA this weekend. It was my job to find a place to take em. Having recently posted some inquiries, I read up on Kappo Honda - conveniently located around the corner from my Parents' pad. I am really into Izakaya right now, so I thought this was perfect - good food + beer/sake.
I understand that Honda-ya is supposed to be better, but the distance factor (Tustin versus two blocks) outweighed the desire to head there - so I took the plunge - and I'm glad I did.
The restaurant is very nice, wood tables and an "authentic" Japanese bar feel (please note that I have never been to an "authentic" izakayan restaurant) and was already busy at 7PM.
We took our table (reservations were made) and were immediately served drinks. The service here is very efficient and polite. My Mom, Sis, and Gf ordered off the menu and ordered three combination dinners. The dinners are of the usual fare - pork katsu, beef teryiaki, et al.. They seemed pretty pleased with their meals, and we all noted that the serving sizes were pretty large. Standout hit was the sesame chicken, and the teriyaki items were pretty ho-hum.
Dad and I ordered up some bottles of Asahi and house sake (hot) and we went to town on the menu. We ordered a bunch of the usual suspects.....
Mixed sashimi - I am continually impressed with the quality of fish at these joints I have been too (Haru Ulau in Little Tokyo and now at Kappo Honda).
Bacon wrapped okra
Bacon wrapped asparagus
Potato crouquette - pretty good, I enjoy the ones at Sawtelle Kitchen a lot more
Beef tongue - very good, although ever since my outing at Totoraku - tongue will never be the same again. =(
Chicken "meatball" - flavorful, almost like a vietnamese nem nuong.
Shishito peppers - waxy, and storing some hidden heat that I am not used to when eating these things normally.
Chicken with "soft bone" (cartilege) - excellent stuff
Pan fried enoki mushrooms - buttery goodness and REALLY large enoki mushrooms (as far as the head of the mushroom is concerned)
We had a few other items as well, which I cannot recall right now but the waitstaff kept the Asahi a'flowin - that's for sure. Total came out to 130 for five people before tip.
Great place, great service, dependable dishes and plenty of drinks to go around. Dad and I will be back. Many thanks to elmomonster for the tip.
18450 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708