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gr/eats and other fried Japanese stuff

Thi N. | Mar 22, 2006 05:53 PM

Got taken to gr/eats a few weeks ago by the dude I was TA-ing for.

The saucing and spicing is... OK. Curried shrimp has the same oversweet cinnamon-to-the-point of pucker that all Japanese curry has. It was actually the least objectionable Japanese curry I've yet had. But curry lovers should ignore me. I kind of hate every Japanese curry I've ever had, so I'm just outside that aesthetic.

Grilled salmon with pesto sauce - also OK. Salmon was decent, not super-fresh, and sort of overcooked.

Paella appetizer: uh, a jumble. No flavor harmony or clarity. No love.

So far, forgettable. But then there are the fried things.

They are the masters of fried things.

Mixed fries include shoestring potatoes and sweet potato hunks. Crispy wonder. Maybe the best frying of any fries I've had in town. Eerie and wonderful.

Panko-rolled, fried oysters, on special: awesome. Oysters are of decent quality, but they're fried with a sort of split-second perfection. Magestically, crispy, intensely oystery and juicy on the inside. For $8, a bunch of fried oysters and various sides is completely worthwhile.

Fried stuff. Yeah, fried stuff.

In other news, Nijiya market on Sawtelle sometimes has stands set up inside that serve fried crab balls and fried potato croquettes. The crab balls are oogie on the inside, like melty mochi, with fake crab and veggie bits. They're pretty tasty. Croquettes have a little curry stuffing and are freaking great. I love these croquettes.

I love Japanese fried stuff.

So good places for other Japanese fried stuff, outside of tempura. (I started a seperate thread for that.) Especially croquettes and panko stuff and... the art is deep in the Japanese heart.

I want more panko.

-thi

-thi

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