After hearing about the Little Tokyo FuRaiBo undergoing a name change, the boyfriend and I have been really nervous to go check it out. I mean, what if everything is different?
Well, we went tonite, and other than the name change, everything is the same. Well, with one exception - teba are now simply called 'chicken wings,' but they are the same spicy wings we love. What is that crazy-addictive spice?? We started with 2 orders of extra spicy teba (old habits die hard) and (I'll misspell this) horenso goma-ae (cold sauteed spinach with miso) and beef tataki. The beef tataki is fantastic, the spinach refreshing and pleasing, and the teba are dynamite. We then had age nasu (fried eggplant) which is topped with, we think, bonito flakes and is served with ginger, scallions and a dipping sauce. Also had sauteed spinach with bacon - one of my favorite taste combinations: spinach, bacon and lemon juice. With the spinach and bacon we had a perfectly grilled piece of salmon (on the menu it's salmon with salt.) Really wonderful - crispy skin, nicely grilled oustide and really creamy on the inside. We finished up with a couple of grilled rice balls. We ate a ton of food - I think we were so happy to see it was basically the same menu we just had to have all our favorites. Actually, though, we left off a couple of our regular things - didn't get the buta kakuni (long cooked pork) or koebi age (fried baby shrimps.) Next time, I'm sure...
All this plus a large Sapporo set us back 63$, after tax and tip. Can't tell you how happy we are that one of our top 5 favorite restaurants is still so good!
368 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012