From the recommendations on this board, and out of curiosity to try out the place that took over the former furaibo space in Little Tokyo, my friends and I tried out Izakaya Haru Ulala on 2nd St. It was a very good meal overall. Some notes on the items we ordered (please forgive me as this is a delayed post - so details may have been lost between then and now).
okra (okura) - grilled, very good. i love okra and it tastes so simple when simply salted and grilled.
enoki mushrooms - grilled/broied, seasoned with a light sauce which made for nice mushrooms
stuffed eggplant - grilled, a pleasant surprise as this was suggested by a friend. the meat filling was meatball-ish in nature and very good.
agadeshi tofu - lightly fried, too much bento flakes in my opinion, i like it light on the bento. however, the tofu was fried just right.
deep fried taro balls - served with a ponzu sauce like an agadeshi tofu type of preparation. not too big of a fan of this dish. had high expectations, perhaps i was in a dim sum mindset, and this was certainly not the same.
assorted sashimi - hamachi, salmon, maguro, snapper - the SURPRISE of the night. i had low expectaions for the fish at this joint - but the fish quality REALLY surprised me.
dragon roll - a fun roll, prepared the same way you will find it at other places. not skimpy on the fillings.
chicken skin - HIT of the night. suggested by our waitress (it is apparently off menu), we ordered three orders, which consisted of three skewers each of chicken skin, grilled and basted with a sauce akin to unagi sauce. VERY good on it own, but OH SO great with the beer.
i had some initial sticker shock (120 all together before tip) - but i then realized we ordered a many asahi and hot sake. i think without drinks or maybe limited drinks, this place would fall under 30 a head EASY..............but where's the fun in that?
I'll be back, I have high hopes for Izayoi (Ryo reborn), but if that fails - this will do fine.
Izakaya Haru Ulala
368 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles CA 90012