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Surf and Turf for Lunch at Wakasaya

Wednesday August 8, 2012 by Tsz Chan

When I try something I like, I can eat it everyday until I get sick from it—figuratively (and in some cases, literally). For example, the first time I experienced melted brie on toast with truffle honey and almonds, it turned into a two-week obsession. My co-workers can attest to this as the office would smell like truffles during lunch... every day. Sorry!

So , it's quite fortunate that Wakasaya is quite a ways from where I live as lately I've been obsessed with their seared salmon don. Picture a bowl of hot, sticky rice, layered with a shelter of crispy nori, on which slices of fatty salmon rest after getting a smoky kiss by a blowtorch. End result is like the fish version of Two Face, one side charred while the other is is pristine and raw—not sinister by any means, but deliciously addicting.

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The best part is that when you go for lunch, you can get this as part of the lunch special, which comes with a second entree and a drink. For a little surf and turf action, I like to pair the seared salmon bowl with some niku udon. Plump udon noodles, beefy soy broth, a generous helping of beef, caramelized onions and fresh shredded scallions—the Japanese equivalent of pho. That and a frosty glass of ice tea and I'm heading towards a much welcomed mid-day food coma.

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If you're a big eater, or dining with a friend...or both, I would recommend an extra order of takoyaki on the side. For the uninitiated, they're these crispy balls of umami and texture-filled brilliance.

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Octopus and tempura bits are enrobed in a pudding-soft wheat batter and cooked so a thin crispy crust forms that holds the molten mass together. They're then lined up in rows, then lacquered with a sweet, savory sauce and lines of Japanese mayo. If that wasn't enough, there's a sprinkling of dried nori and a mound of bonito flakes that seems to "move" as it comes into contact with the sauce. It's simply out of this world.

If you're ever in the area, give Wakasaya a chance!

Wakasaya — Little Tokyo 104 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-621-2121

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[Images by Tsz Chan]

Check out Tsz at http://www.gastrophoria.com/



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