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Restaurant Raku

DrHowie | Dec 12, 2004 04:15 PM

Had dinner last night at this small korean-japanese place in the minimall on the southeast corner of Barrington & Olympic in WLA. Split a large Sapporo Draft and started with the amuse bouche of marinated yellowtail the server brought out quickly. The menu is extensive with grilled and fried items as well as sushi and sashimi, salads (a few), and a wide variety of dishes from uni with mountain yam to korean pancakes.

We had fried oysters (crispy panko on the outside, still soft and moist on the inside) that were good but not great like the ones at Beacon. Zucchini flowers stuffed with shrimp and enoki and fried tempura style were amazing. A small plate of Korean style short ribs were tasty but overdone. We also had a seaweed salad that was simple and fresh. The miso marinated grilled black cod was delicious, as good as I've had anywhere but for less money. We skipped dessert (they have cakes, ice creams, creme brulee, etc) The entire dinner with tip was $54.00. The place is clean, service good and the crowd was almost entirely young and asian (except for us). They are open until midnight during the week and 1AM on weekends. We both really enjoyed dinner and know we will return, especially for late evening or post-movie meals.

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