Went twice (yes twice!) last week to Izakaya Haru Ulala, the izakaya restaurant that opened up in Furaibo's old space in Little Tokyo. Overall, it was quite good! Here's a rundown on what we ate:
*Braised Short Rib with Daikon-Salty pungency of the soft daikon went extremely well with the extremely tender short rib. An excellent dish.
*Grilled Oysters-Plump, fresh oysters, grilled to give them a nice smoky flavor. Ordered individually.
*Fried oysters-Again, plump and fresh, fried golden brown with a panko breading. Comes 3 to an order.
*Chicken skin skewers-Good sauce, some nice charring, but not as good and crispy as the ones at Kokekokko a few doors down. Ordered individually.
*Fried Camembert Cheese-deep fried, panko coated camembert cheese on a stick. Salty and creamy the way camembert should be...yummy! Comes one to an order.
*Grilled Okra-These were delicious! Had a nice smoky flavor and was made extre tasty by the bonito flakes on top. Come 5-6 to an order.
*Grilled Enoki Mushrooms-Also delicious! Great texture. Grilled with a somewhat sweet soy sauce. A few "bunches" to an order.
*Fried Soft Shell Crab-Not my favorite, but was OK. Didn't really taste like anything; didn't have that "salty bitterness" that I look for in soft-shell crab. Ponzu dipping sauce was good though.
*Grilled Short Rib-Not my favorite either. Tender but marinade was a tad too sweet. Portion was extremely small. Not worth it.
*Assorted nigiri sushi- Fish (albacore, tuna, yellowtail, salmon) was surprisingly fresh and buttery soft. Rice was a tad too vinegary though.
*Tempura roll- First time around, a mess. Huge and covered with sauce. Second time around (because we asked, I'm ashamed to admit), compact, tight, no sauce, pretty good. I wouldn't recommend ordering maki rolls from here though. Stick with the small plates or sashimi.
*Soba salad- green soba mixed with mixed greens and ginger dressing. Noodles were nice and chewy and dressing was very tasty.
Two of us ordered about 4-5 dishes plus sushi plus beer each time, and we were able to get outta there for just under 60 bucks each time. One thing to keep in mind is that many of their dishes (e.g. the braised short rib, oysters, etc.) aren't on the regular menu and are posted either on a dry erase board outside or behind the counter or on signs all around the restaurant. I had to do a "walkthru" to make sure I knew what all my options were!
Izakaya Haru Ulala
368 E. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012