I love the atmosphere at Daichan. There are trinkets and souvenirs and pictures everywhere. Its always interesting to look at all the stuff covering the walls and floor.
The miso soup was pretty standard. I like the way they cut the tofu into slices instead of the chunks you normally get. As a result of the cut, you dont burn your mouth when you bite into it.
The albacore tataki was very fresh and came with a nice dipping sauce. My biggest complaint about this dish was that they covered it with fresh chopped garlic. It was too much garlic and really detracted from the simple goodness of the fresh fish.
The croquette was delicious. I like the breading they use. I dont eat it very often, so its always a good change of texture and flavor for me.
The real winner was the chicken cutlet with curry. I think this preparation is better than Curry House, which I also like. But this one just tasted fresher and not quite as heavy. Total comfort food.
For dessert, we had the steamed cheesecake and a cream puff. Despite it being a cake, as opposed to the normal pie-like cheesecake, this cheesecake really tasted cheesy, kind of like the pie-looking ones taste. And the cream puff was a little larger than a baseball. It was filled with cold delicious cream that was light and tasty. A perfect finish.
11288 Ventura Blvd. #F (same center as Nozawa sushi)