33 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Wokcano

Neighborhoods: Old Pasadena
Cuisine: Japanese, Pan Asian, Salads

Wokcano is a Japanese, Pan Asian, and Salads restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 4/17/2013

    A Japanese food lover from Phoenix, AZ tried it.

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Ching

 Santa Monica, CA
 

Late Night Place in Old Town Colorado

If you’re looking for sushi or anything resembling good Japanese food, this is NOT the place to go to. Kabuki, located down the block on Colorado Blvd is a better bet, but even that one is commercial and not quite authentic.

However, looking for a late night place to crash for some grub and some drinks that’s NOT Denny’s? This is your place. I met up with an old friend in the Pasadena area to catch up last night and we were truly at a loss at close to 10pm. Everything was closing down. “Aha!” he said, “but Wokano’s is open.” Ugh, it was either this or drive down a mile or two to Amigo’s or to Denny’s at this late hour. We had both already found parking, so Wakano’s in Old Town Pas we were going to stay.

I’ve been here before mainly for the fun bar atmosphere. This location’s layout is like a long rectangle to allow for a separate back entrance from the alley directly into a bar setting. Its kinda of cheesy the way the bar is decorated with strings of gaudy neon lights reminiscent of a typical Tijuana bar. But hey, after 10pm, beggars can’t be choosy. What a shame to waste the industrial bare brick exposed walls like that. Then as you continue past the bar, you will walk into a patio like area with a few sparse tables strewn about until you get to the front dining area that’s actually decorated with Japanese motifs.

Waiters have always been attentive, great lively mixed urban crowd in both bar and dining areas, fun music playing and you can’t beat the fact that Wokano’s is open til the wee hours of the morning (4AM).

Food is just ok, BUT better than a greasy Grand Slam at Denny’s! However, you’re paying for location, location, location at Wakano’s. I usually order rolls, but I couldn’t really tell you which are a must have. Last night, we split a spicy crabmeat tempura roll. Most rolls look and taste like they are too tightly packed. The prices are high for the quality of the food you get here at Wakano’s, so if value is important to you, then opt for the bright glare and cheaper food at Denny’s.

Another consideration for Wakano’s late at night is that parking is free on Colorado Blvd after 8pm. So why not, right?

Final Thoughts: Not good for a date, but fun as an afterthought for a late night snack. The company you keep and quality of chit chat will overshadow anything you eat here.

Crab Meat Tempura Roll

Last night, we split a spicy crabmeat tempura roll. Most rolls look and taste like they are too tightly packed. The prices are high for the quality of the food you get here at Wakano’s, so if value is important to you, then opt for the bright glare and cheaper food at Denny’s.

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Wokcano is located near the cities of South Pasadena and San Marino.
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