I’ve recently found myself included in a group of other food loving individuals who are excited to try new, fun, adventurous restaurants in the city. Some are places one person has been to and wants others to try or other suggestions are new for the entire group. And the group is constantly changing or being added on to and the fun is that there is really no group and no rules, its just loose and whoever can show up wherever and whenever the night and location is decided upon does.
The recent ones that I’ve been able to join have included a Korean BBQ joint that specializes in duck (and more specifically the rice that is cooked in the duck fat at the end of the meal…and if you’re curious it was all delicious and amazing) and Honduran food which included some pupusas, and plantain type dishes with meat and sour cream and other unhealthy substances.
This past dinner we decided to head to Little Tokyo (one of my most favorite areas of Los Angeles) and check out a Japanese curry spot called Fat Spoon. I, for one, had not tried a Japanese curry place before, but Japanese being one of my favorite cuisines, I was pretty excited about this meal.
(Side note: Not entirely sure why their mascot is a Rabbit, but it showed up quite a bit in the decor of their restaurant)
I had done my research prior to arriving (of course) and had an idea of what to order, but we also asked the waiter what their specialties were that we should try. He suggested starting with sweet potato fries that were cooked and/or glazed in a ponzu sauce as well as a House salad that had a soy based vinaigrette. Unfortunately my cell phone ate the photo of the sweet potato fries, so you’ll just have to trust that they were cute and yummy.
The sweet potato fries were sticky and sweet and delicious, and the salad was simple, yet really tasty and nice to have something green and refreshing on a very hot October LA evening.
We then jumped into our first entree which may be my new favorite dish, one in which I’ll definitely go back for. Since I have not frequented any other Japanese curry houses, I am not sure if pasta dishes are served on all menus, but there were many pasta dishes offered on this menu. As my other favorite food besides Japanese is Pasta, it only seems right that mixing the two together would be amazing. And it was. We ordered the Tarako, which is Salted cod roe, cream, dried seaweed & chopped green onion. (I can only imagine my mother’s face now reading this “The things you eat, I can’t even imagine putting in my mouth!”) I can’t even put into words the deliciousness of this dish, but when the waiter tried to take the bowl away with a few bites of pasta left, I quickly grabbed it out of his hands to grab the last bits up with my chopsticks!
Our final dish was one of the Japanese curry dishes. The one our waiter said was his favorite that we decided to try was the Loco Moco which was hamburg meat with brown rice, doused in curry sauce topped with a fried egg. (I’m normally a big fan of anything topped with a fried egg) This dish was good, not great, so I would definitely try another item off the curry section next time I went back.
Whether or not I’m a fan of the Japanese curry itself, I will most definitely head back to try more of their pasta and side items. It’s also important to note that Monday nights are all night happy hour, so all beers and wines are only $3!
And because I was so fascinated by the rabbit mascot, here’s the backend of the rabbit on my way out!