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Tsujita Annex

May 22, 2013

Tsujita Annex
2050 Sawtelle Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-0222

http://tsujita-la.com

After visiting Tsujita for their tsukemen (dip ramen), I fell in love with their ramen immediately.  I loved the chewy texture of their ramen as well as the thick, flavorful broth for the dip.  Their ramen is also served on the cold side, which is perfect for a hot summer day (almost year-round in LA).  When their sister ramen store, Annex, opened across from Tsujita, I had to try it.

The main differences between Tsujita and Annex are:

  • Tsujita offers tsukemen while Annex offers regular ramen
  • Tsujita offers tsukemen only during lunchtime while Annex offers ramen for the whole day
  • The line at Annex was slightly shorter than Tsujita’s when I went, which means go now before everyone finds out about Annex and the line gets really long

There weren’t many options for me to choose from when I went to Annex, mainly because it just opened.  Their miso ramen was not available at the time so I ordered the Ramen with Soft Boiled Egg.  The portion was HUGE, especially since the waitress thought I wanted the large ramen.

The broth at Annex was as thick as the the broth at Tsujita, which made it really filling.  I love ramen and I can sometimes finish an entire ramen at Daikokuya (yes, I’m a pretty big eater for a small person) but it was hard to manage even half a bowl of ramen at Annex.  Annex’s ramen was pretty much the same as Tsujita’s, except Annex served their ramen hot.  Tsujita’s was good because the thick broth was only used for dipping.  For those who are used to drinking the soup with their ramen, I would say Annex is not the place to go.

In short, I would definitely revisit Tsujita for their tsukemen despite the long lines, over going back to Annex.

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥

Saboten Japanese Cutlet | 勝博殿日式炸豬排

June 22, 2012

Saboten Japanese Cutlet | 勝博殿日式炸豬排
Lower Ground Floor, Henry House,
42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
2895-4111

June 21, 2012

Passed by this restaurant every day after work and always wanted to try it.  I finally went to try their food last night with my friend.  I ordered the Katsudon Combo set and my friend ordered the Pork Katsu with Radish and Spring Onions set.

I was a little annoyed when the waitress told us that there is a time limit for dining there.  We went at around 6 and had to leave by 7:45.  It’s really more than enough time but we ended up staying there until they kicked us out.

We were served cabbage shreds with sesame sauce and Japanese pickles.  I’m in love with sesame sauce so appetizer was good.

My katsudon combo came with two pieces of pork katsu, a shrimp katsu and a piece of crab croquette.  The pork katsu was not as tender as I expected.  The shrimp katsu was only mediocre.  I was most pleased with the crab croquette, which had a creamy filling.  The katsu was pretty good in general.  The food was served hot and slightly crunchy so you could tell it was served right after it was cooked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Katsudon Combo)

Another thing that pleased me about this meal was the option for barley and rice instead of plain rice.  I love barley mixed with rice so it was a good touch to the meal.

My friend ordered the Pork Katsu with Radish and Spring Onions.  I thought it was like a regular katsu set in the beginning but one bite and I fell in love with her meal.  Instead of the traditional sweet katsu sauce, her meal was served with a piece of grapefruit and a sour-tasting sauce.

It was especially appetizing during the hot summer days.  The pork tenderloin katsu topped with mashed raddish paste gave the katsu a smoother and softer texture.  The sour sauce made it easier to take in because the traditional katsu sauce tends to get too sweet after a while.

Sorry about the low picture quality!  These were taken from my old iPhone.  I’m asking my friend to send over a picture she took of her set so check my blog again in a bit to see what her meal looked like!

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥

Sushi Gen

April 15, 2012

Sushi Gen
422 E 2nd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0552

March, 2012

I have been to Sushi Gen a few times before but never took the photos and noticed the details to write a post about the Japanese restaurant for my blog.  There was no wait when I got there–surprisingly.  I ordered only their sushi the first time I went there but this time I decided to order one of their dinner sets.

The meal started with miso soup, Japanese pickles and a side of sashimi.  The sashimi was not the best but then for a dinner set that costed around $17, I did not have much to complain.

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My main course shortly after.  I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken, which came with a small portion of salad, potato salad and rice.  Everything was cooked perfectly.  The chicken was tender, the teriyaki sauce was well, normal teriyaki sauce.  The potato salad was very nice.  It has a slight hint of sweetness and is mashed up very smoothly.

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I’d say that the dinner set was a good deal for what I got.  It was a big portion and left me with stuffed, yet satisfied.  It’s the type of good meal where you leave the restaurant feeling very full but in a happy, indescribable way of joy.

My sister ordered the unagi meal.  While I do not know what it tasted like, here’s a picture of her meal.

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More updates will come for Sushi Gen, since I’m positive it will be a place I will revisit–again.

Happy eating!

Joey ♥