Robata-ya

  4.0 rating over 1 review
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2004 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles
Cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue, Asian

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Pros
"The awesome food! So worth waiting"
Cons
"Service"
Gayot
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13 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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PaulaF

 Los Angeles, CA
Robata-ya 3.0
 

A solid izakaya joint in the Little Osaka area....

A solid izakaya joint in the Little Osaka area. Visited for the first time last Friday for dinner. It isn’t as quite stellar as Furaibo, which is just a couple of doors away, nor is its menu as extensive. However, everything we tried was tasty and I definitely enjoyed my meal.

Here’s what we had:

- Chicken salad which came as a free starter: This was okay, but not my kind of thing.

- Yellowtail teriyaki skewers: Wonderful. The teriyaki glaze was light, and beautifully enhanced the sweet, moist, perfectly cooked yellowtail. This is a must-order.

- Pork belly skewers: Fabulous. The meat and fat were well-balanced and the skewers were nicely cooked. Another must-order.

- Chicken gizzard skewers: Not bad. A bit on the chewy side.

- Chicken heart skewers: This was quite good, tender, with a rich “chickeny” flavor.

- Bacon wrapped jalapeno skewers: Sweet, salty, and spicy all at once. Good, but nothing to write home about.

- Fried oysters: Coated in a crispy batter and juicy on the inside. Very good.

- Fried chicken: Tasty, especially with the various dipping sauces which provided extra moisture. A good choice for a more interesting version of a chicken nugget.

- Clams steamed in sake broth with red pepper flakes, garlic, and butter: Mmmm, so good. Yet another must-order.

Service is good, the restaurant is clean, and unlike Furaibo, it isn’t as crowded. Overall, a 3.5.

yellowtail teriyaki skewers

Wonderful. The teriyaki glaze was light, and beautifully enhanced the sweet, moist, perfectly cooked yellowtail. This is a must-order.

pork belly skewers

Fabulous. The meat to fat ratio was well-balanced and the skewers were nicely cooked. Very juicy.

Clams steamed in sake broth with red pepper flakes, garlic, and butter

Mmmm, so good. Pepper, garlic, and butter is well emulsified so that no one flavor is overpowering but rather, nicely accents the tender clams. Yet another must-order.

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  • 06/13/2014 - A diner from Seattle, WA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, didn't like the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'The awesome food! So worth waiting'
    Cons: 'Service'
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