Raku rocks.!!!!

RAKU
(702) 367-3511
5030 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas NV 89146

This experience rivals the happiness level I experience at Echigo sushi. It was a texture-gasmic experience. Everything nearly melted into my tongue like buttah… mmmmm….. buttahhh….. Raku turned out to live up the hype (minus 1 dish).

The dishes…. *bounce bounce bounce
1. Sea Urchin and Seaweed Soup (Dashi Broth?) – The sea urchin was very fresh and not fishy at all. So, we made a spoonful of the broth with some seaweed and approximately 1 tsp of the precious Uni. I think my eyes just rolled to the back of my head from the wonderful seafood flavor and the tender consistency of the uni. Uni (Sea Urchin) is definitely an acquired taste, but I would recommend that if you were trying for the first time, please go to a place like Raku that gives you the good stuff! mmmm mmmmm!
Sea Urchin and Seaweed Soup

2. Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi – Not quite the best tuna I’ve ever had, but still melted into my mouth regardless… fresh fish is muy bueno.
Blue Fin Tuna

3. Kobe Beef Miso Skewers (1 more garlic, 1 more miso) – After Crapsteak, I’ve been wanting to try some real Kobe Beef. So, these Kobe beef skewers showed me what-it-is – Tender. Juicy. Flavorful. That’s how it should be!
Kobe Beef Miso Skewers

4. Negima (Japanese Sweet Onion)/Chicken Hot Pot – This dish I did not like so much. The broth was tasty but got too salty after drinking more of it. I like salt, but it was too much for me. The cubes of chicken were too dry and gritty for me, but then, I’m not a fan of white meat.
Chicken Hot Pot The Whole Hot pot... very hot!

5. Agedashi Tofu (Homemade Tofu!!!!) – Everyone was talking about this on Yelp. EVERYONE. Guess what? Everyone is soooo right. Fresh made tofu makes such a big difference on texture and flavor. The lightly fried outside layer + the almost creamy inside of the tofu paired with some roe on top = perfect. Definitely, try it. (Broth was the same from the Hot Pot? Still too salty…)
Agedashi Tofu

6. Green Tea Icecream and Green Tea Creme Brulee Topped with Green Tea Icecream – Perfect icecream – not too sweet paired with a not too sweet whipped cream. The Green Tea creme brulee was a nice twist from the traditional kind and still smooth and creamy with the night burnt topped.
Green Tea Creme Brulee + Green Tea Icecream and fluffy not too sweet whipped cream Green Tea Icecream and not too sweet whipped cream

p.s. I added some pics for you viewing pleasure for Big Fat Greek Fooooood

Ever have a craving for light satisfying dessert?

here it is to satisfy that need. after a hot bowl of noodles or fulfilling meal at a japanese restaurant, what better thing to have than a fresh cute little mochi filled with icecream.

These lil’ puppies are freshly made (at least it tastes fresh) – the Mochi is so soft and nicely chewy with the icecream inside being at just the right temperature to leave it creamy.

Mochi Icecream

Mikawaya Mochi
(213) 624-1681
118 Japanese Village Mall
Los Angeles CA

Otafuku – “grandaddy of soba”

Otafuku – NE corner of 166th and Western – look carefully cuz you’ll miss it if you don’t
(310) 532-9348
16525 S. Western Ave
Gardena CA 90247

Here is a restaurant I absolutely love. It’s the quintessential hole in the wall. It is located in the most rundown strip mall ever, next to a run down and shady looking barber shop, and dark looking bar. If you were to drive by, you would think nothing is there but the bar and closed up shops. However, once you walk in, you are in a clean and simple decor and you are standing in a very efficient hustle and bustle of a small restaurant, specializing in one thing and one thing only – SOBA. Soba is made fresh everyday, and looking at the atmosphere of the restaurant, you really get a feel for the dedication to the FOOD and not to the SELLING of the food. This is probably why I shy away from the more hoighty-toity and trendy places. Just turns me off, but that’s a whole another topic. Back to the food.

See? Looks like sh*t on the outside
Otafuku

Fresh SOBA noodles in four (?) different styles, thick or thin and made with some different part of the buckweat. you can choose hot or cold, but it seemed that everybody was ordering cold. try to get there before the lunchtime rush or you’ll be standing in the squishy hallway near the bathrooms with the rest of the japanese business-looking men. + $3 you get a mini side of tempura shrimp or very generous portion of uni rice bowl.

Cold Soba Combo 2 Cold soba 2ombo 1

Want cold soba – go to Otafuku. Want cold udon – go to Sanuki no Sato.