Tried this place today with some coworkers. We arrived at about 12:30 and were luckily seated right away (it's a pretty small restaurant and gets very busy during peak hours). Service was a little bit slow to get our orders in, but after that it was fine. Parking is easy here, there is above and underground parking.I tried the Tonkatsu Black- which is the long-boiled pork broth with black garlic oil, chasu pork slices, a seasoned soft boiled egg, and bamboo shoots and vegetables. They give you as much fresh garlic to press into your broth, as well as the spice flakes and seasonings. You can choose between the traditional thin ramen noodles or opt for the thick noodles, which I did. The thick noodles was great for absorbing the rich flavor of the tonkatsu broth. My other coworker had the Tonkatsu Red which is perfect if you love spicy foods.Definitely try this place if you're craving some good, REAL ramen and don't want to drive through DTLA to Little Tokyo.
I have been here several times. This place is noteworthy, though I've had a better ramen somewhere else.I'm one of those people who thinks that 'spicy' in most restaurants in the US are not spicy at all. If you are like me, their HOT Spicy Tonkatsu is not hot at all. However, they have the Tonkatsu Red, with the level of spiciness you can pick from 1-10. It hit the spot just enough at level 7 for me (waitress informed me the Hot Spicy Tonkatsu falls somewhere around 3-4). I'll probably try 8 or 10 next time.Tables are a bit crammed. Inside probably fits about 20 people, and outside another 10. They can get crowded at lunch and dinner time, so expect to be on the waiting list if you come at peak hours.
I have visited this place on different occasions and have been impressed every single time. From atmosphere to service to dish presentation that looks like it's straight out of a food magazine, this sushi spot is five-stars, start to finish. Not only are the portions huge, they are reasonably priced and the quality is simply the best, the freshest. Service is always top-notch, very prompt, friendly and accommodating which is one of the main reasons we keep going back. This place can get very busy Fri/Sat nights but well worth it. Make sure you try the Volcano roll and Rolls Royce rolls, these are way too delicious. Two thumbs up!!
No matter how crowded the parking lot is, there always seems to be one or two tables left for my family to visit, even on Friday nights -- yet I've never seen it anywhere close to empty. It's like a magic trick. The food is equally magical, with a huge selection of rolls and a charmingly apologetic note on the menu about pictures showing two "skewers" of each type even though each order is only one "skewer". This is my go-to sushi place, just noisy enough to be fun without being annoying, and with consistently good service and food. And for some reason, the miso soup always tastes better here than anywhere else...
A fancy place for some fancy sushi. This is the first restaurant I've seen which proudly displays its exact Zagat scores right when you walk in. (It scored a 26 out of 30 in case you're wondering). They've got some interesting lunch specials during the weekdays which includes one 8 piece sushi and a 8 piece California roll for $15.50. All lunch specials are served with miso soup, sunomono, and rice. My extremely hot date and I shared a cucumber wrapped spicy tuna roll and a lobster roll. Suffice to say, it was quite delicious. It wasn't mind blowing, but the sushi definitely satiated my taste palette.
2nd time here, one for regular dinner and one for my birthday. We sat 10 at our table and it was crowded. Our cook was young and very athletic. He was great with names and the kids. FoodFried Rice- B. It was better at Benihana's. Filet Mignon- A+. Tender, tender tender. Chicken- C- very dry. Shrimp- C- small, stringy. Veggies- B. they mash them all together unlike Benihana's. We like them separated. Service- A- It was very good and the waiters were very courteous and on top of things. Owner- He was great with the kids and gave the kids each a toy.
We had a great dinner here recently. Parking is a little tricky, since they are right on Ventura Blvd and they do not take reservations. We walked in expecting a wait and they were able to seat us immediately - yay! I ordered The Nozawa for $42 and it was a perfect amount of food, and the fish was incredibly fresh. I love the ease and simplicity of their sushi and I will definitely be back.
They have 3 choices for omakase that ranges from $85-$200. The most expensive one fells like more kaiseki than sushi. I tried the $85 omakase and ordered a few more from their specialty menu. Food is fantastic but nothing special. For walk-ins, the best time to come in for dinner is around 9pm.
Food - 4/5 stars. It was very tasty and I absolutely loved the jalapeno poppers. Service - 2/5 stars. I sat at the booth and could not understand if the sushi chefs were supposed to wait on me, because the waitress only came once, to give me my check. Overall, I would come here again!
Tetsu and his master chefs are professional, authentic and creative beyond imagination!Once you experience the food and service at Asanebo, you will be ruined for life. :)Golden eyed snapper and Spiny lobster sashimi are just two of the most exquisite fish you will ever taste