2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hey everyone! Here is a short video review of Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle's tsukemen dish. Enjoy!
|Part of the Interior
|MY FAVORITE DISH. SKIRT STEAK ($18.00): Oregano Chimichurri and Sea Urchin Butter. I really thought for a skirt steak, this was reasonably priced. The sea urchin butter was super creamy and delicious. I loved the oregano chimichurri, which added a depth of flavor that you can't get with butter. The steak was cooked well (medium-rare like we asked). You do have to specify how you want your steak cooked cause they probably won't ask you. It definitely was my favorite dish of the night and a good appetizer to share.
|CHOOSE YOUR SHELLFISH: CLAMS; CHOOSE YOUR BROTH: SPICY SAUSAGE ROMESCO ($17.00): For $17, this is a steal. They provide a fair amount of clams for the reasonable price. The dish comes with spaghetti and a poached egg to thicken the broth. Unfortunately, for me, the flavors didn't have much depth nor did the broth thicken with the egg. I was a bit disappointed. Maybe the other broths would have been a better choice. After finishing my clams, I ate the broth and the spaghetti like a bowl of ramen noodle soup.
|The spaghetti noodles that are provided with the shellfish dish. You can ask for more noodles if you run out.
|CHOCOLATE CHILI CREPE ($9.00): with Nutella and Coffee Whipped Cream. I absolutely hated this dessert. It was my friend's birthday (hence the candle) and the crepe tasted burnt. The coffee whipped cream was pretty nice but it didn't salvage the burnt and dry crepe. Wouldn't order this again.
|The cooks flipping burgers
|DOUBLE DOUBLE COMBO ($6.80): Double meat and double cheese with onion, fries and a drink. This is one of the best burgers around. Cheap, simple and simply delicious. The iceberg lettuce offers a crisp crunch to the already perfect bun: patty ratio. The sauce, oh man, I can't get enough of it to the point where I ask for the spread packets so I can dip my fries in them. Downright good. Plain and simple.
|A closer look at the burger
|MANGO ALEXANDER ($12.00): Mango, Vodka, Coconut Cream and Lime, Shaken and Served Up. O-M-G! This drink is absolutely amazeballs! I couldn't get enough of this drink to the point where I felt the need to attempt to recreate it at home. It's thick, sweet, and full of deliciousness in a cup! A MUST ORDER!
|YUZU-HONEY WHISKEY HOT TODDY ($12.00): Korean Yuzu-honey tea with bourbon. If you were ever sick, this is the drink to cure all! It's warm in your tummy and not overly sweet. Smooth and soothing to your throat. Love this!
|MY FAVORITE DISH. IKE'S VIETNAMESE FISH SAUCE WINGS ($15.50-available in spicy): Half dozen fresh whole natural chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese salad. These wings are absolutely amazing. Who would've thought a cook of the restaurant would be the man behind creating one of Pok Pok's signature dishes. So much flavor packed into these little wings. It was a little on the "fishier" end than how I remembered them to be in Portland, but good nonetheless. The garlic and caramelized fish sauce gave the dish depth and richness. I just wish there was more!
|KAI YAANG ($14.00-HALF BIRD):Roasted Mary's natural chicken stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper and cilantro, served with spicy/sweet/sour and tamarind dipping sauces. This was my least favorite dish of the night. Some parts of the chicken were quite dry. The flavor of the chicken was good, but compared to the other dishes, it didn't live up to the level of execution.
|KHAO SOI ($16.25-CHICKEN OR VEGETARIAN): Northern Thai mild curry noodle soup made with our secret curry paste recipe and house pressed coconut milk , served with house pickled mustard greens, shallots, crispy yellow noodles and roasted chili paste. This one pot dish was my second favorite dish of the night. It was rich and not overly powered with curry. I loved the crispy noodles and I definitely could just go to Pok Pok and have this as my main meal.
|KAENG HANG LEH ($16.00): Northern Thai sweet pork belly and pork shoulder curry with ginger, palm sugar, tumeric, tamarind, Burmese curry powder, and pickled garlic. This dish was one of my favorites of the night. It was rich, savory, and the pork belly was so tender that a fork could just pull off the meat. I thought the dish developed deep flavors and it went perfect with our coconut rice.
|KHANOM PANG AI TIIM ($7.00): Coconut-jackfruit ice cream served on a sweet bun with peanuts, sweet sticky rice condensed milk, and chocolate syrup. I hated this dessert and I normally don't hate desserts cause I'll eat anything sweet. The ice cream was a bit icy and the bread-ice cream ratio was way off. Just too much bread for so little ice cream. Texture wise, I wasn't fond of the sticky rice under the ice cream. To me, everything just didn't mesh well together.