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FuRaiBo report

mtyf | Jul 4, 200507:24 PM

After hearing some raves about the chicken wings here, I finally got a chance to check the place out. Debated between going here and to Hide practically next door, but fried won out over fresh, so...

Teba saki (chicken wings). you can choose from Sweet(no spice), mild, spicy and very spicy, I think. We went with mild, which was a little sweet and came with a distinct whiff of white pepper. Well fried, these were nice and crispy with no batter coating, but the meat itself wasn't really flavorful. Ok for the price, 7 for $3.80.

Tofu salad. Pretty tasty and a largish portion, though of course, it WAS an iceberg lettuce salad. Lettuce, tomato, tofu, about a tablespoon of canned tuna, some sprouts, seaweed, and a sesame/miso dressing. Tasty and refreshing. $5.50.

Charbroiled beef tongue. I love tongue and was disappointed with this, mostly because of the portion - about 6 small pieces of thinly sliced tongue, which was a bit overdone and chewy. $3.95.

Buta Kakuni was a last minute replacement for another dish I can't remember, and it was really tasty. Stewed pork, in an intense soy-sauce based marinade. Lots of unctuous fat (a little too much for me, actually ) and plenty of flavor. Would have gone well with rice but we were almost done by then. $4.95.

Soft shell crab. Nice and fresh, which it darn well should be given that they're in season. Fried in a light batter which was unremarkable. The body of the crab was sweet and meaty and the legs were nice and crunchy. Served with a strong ponzu sauce. $6.50.

Service was ehh. They were very nice, when they were there, and they never actually let our water glasses run dry. But we were kind of tucked away in a corner so they tended not to be there or see us much. The crab seemed to have been forgotten so we had to order it twice. And after they told us that they'd run out of the dish we ordered, they never came back to ask us about a replacement - we had to flag them down.

Overall, not bad. I wouldn't make the drive down from Burbank again just to eat here, but it would be nice to have in the neighborhood.

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