Restaurants, Japanese West LA
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 (Photograph: Wayne Parsons)
Photograph: Wayne Parsons
 (Photograph: Wayne Parsons)
Photograph: Wayne Parsons

Hanpen cheese, please! That’s what you'll be telling people about after your first visit to this Sawtelle standby. Although torino kara-age ($5) fried chicken is the official favorite here, the hanpen cheese ($5.50)—fried fishcakes stuffed with oozing cheese and shiso leaf—is a delicious oddity that you’ll see on every table.  Also be sure to try the fried halibut ($12.50), a whole fish in which the filleted body is deep-fried into a sort of bowl that is heaped with pieces of itself. It sounds like the work of cannibals, but is really almost elegant.

By: Jade Chang


Venue name: Furaibo
Address: 2068 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm; Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11:30pm; Sat 5:30-11:30pm; Sun 5:30-10:30pm
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Favorite izakaya in town. It's the only place I really trust to do tebasaki well. I've tried the dish at other LA Japanese restaurants and it's just not the same. I also love their hanpen cheese (fish cakes with liquidy cheese sandwiched inside, and the whole thing is deep fried), which I can't find anywhere else in California.

Their Sea Bass Plum dish is priced incredibly well. The plum flavoring isn't overbearing and in fact lends a nice richness.

They've also got a Gardena location that I'd like to try out.