Robata-ya

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4.0 rating over 3 reviews

310-481-1418

2004 Sawtelle Blvd ( )

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles

 
Tags: Japanese, Takeout, Barbecue, Asian, Clams, Yellowtail, Oysters, Pork Belly, Skewers, and Bar Food
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  • 3 dishes entered by diners at Robata-ya
Tips:
  • The lot behind the restaurant fills up pretty quickly, so your best bet on busy weekends is to valet. Street parking works best on Sundays.
  • Try the "Special Microbrew" Japanese beer, or choose from Robata-Ya's impressive soju and sake collection, which includes innovative selections like Crazy Milk, Drunken Whale, and Star Rabbit raspberry sparkling sakes.
  • It might only be open for dinner now, but Robata-Ya will soon be catering to the lunch crowd as well. The traditional robata bar is open until the wee hours of the night for late-night stragglers.
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  • 3 reviews
  • First reviewed by PaulaF
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Robata-ya

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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.

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yellowtail teriyaki skewers

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

pork belly skewers

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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

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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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November 7, 2008

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Amazing and Delicious Cuisine!

I was at Robata-Ya a couple days ago and had never been to a Yakitori restaurant before and man was I happy with the food. I am a huge sushi lover so the flavors and idea of this food was right up my alley. First off, the Pork-Belly,…

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November 4, 2008

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Traditional Japanese grub gets a skewered twist at Makoto Tanaka's decadent Asian eatery in the heart of Beverly Hills.

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Chicken breasts and beef aren't the only meats that get skewered at this upscale Japanese restaurant: Sea urchins, pig intestines and cow tongue also get their end of the stick. Beverly Hills foodies looking to satiate…

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  •  "The awesome food! So worth waiting"
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