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Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley - a review

kevin | Feb 27, 2003 05:45 PM

Just tried this place for lunch. it is a japanese-owned though korean bbq type place. it's in a shintsy little hard to find mini-mall in the wilds of the fountain valley. entered the place, and there were no customers whatsover, but i said i'd give it a shot anyway (later the waitress/co-owner said they were a lot, lot busier at dinner and esp. on the weekends). at lunch, the do-it-yourself grills are not fired up, so the bbq dishes come cooked straight out of the kitchen. i ordered the bbq beef (boneless kalbi) and bimimpap hot pot combination (the lunch menu is composed of just combinations of bbq beef and variety of other dishes). after about 10 minutes, a huge tray came forth with miso soup, the bimiimpap in a stone pot (which is composed of a fried egg, veggies, noodles, and rice), and a container of hot sauce to doctor up the bimipap. everything was good esp. the bbq beef with the marinade sauce and onions. i the meal also came with a salad greens tossed with a ponzu-type dressing and a dish of sliced mandarin oranges chilled on ice and topped with a marchashino cherry. the oranges were very refreshing and a nice touch to the meal. the combo cost about $7.50, which is pretty low for such a meal and a combo meal with a lot of stuff at that. they also have a few wines by the glass and premium cold sake, esp, the Kubota one, which runs at 10 bucks for a small glass, and 20 bucks for a large glass (at wasa the other day, it cost 15 bucks for a small glass). and there are other sake like otokanimaki (sp?) and they offer a variety of the korean-liquor that's distilled from potatoes called shochu or shoju. anyways definitely give it a try. it's not four star quality, but it does defiintely rate a cool 2 stars. i bet dinner is considerably better though when you can cook the stuff yourself on the grill at dinner, be forewarned though that dinner is proablaby considerably more expensive since everything is a la carte. oh, and russkar you really did make an impression on the waitress, she said you wouldn't settle for the regular old lunch menu. also, this restaurant has been open for about 11 months or so according to the waitress, and she kept on praising the super-high quality of their meats, i guess they really like their meats or maybe they just love to toot their own horns. anyways, give it a shot. maybe dinner is the true way to go to see if they are really up to par. i'm going to give the dinner a run-through really soon.

good eatin.

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