Robata-ya

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

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

 Los Angeles, CA
 

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.

November 7, 2008
 

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,…
November 4, 2008
 

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

In Short
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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Japanese Takeout Barbecue
Tips
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 6/12/2014 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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