Well, isn't this a surprise? Not that having a good sushi bar in a mini mall is surprising in L.A. The surprise is that it took me so long to try it out - and that it was actually good. I'll have to hit it up a few more times to give it a really well rounded review, but here's what I'll say: the fish is very fresh, and they have a huge assortment of rolls, and the usual sashimi, et al. At one of my fave sushi joints, I always ask for a rainbow roll, but request that they just use salmon. Miyako actually has this roll on the menu. And when you ask for some edamame, they come to your table with a fresh, steaming hot *enormous* pile of said dish, nicely salted. That is *so* much better than the usual cold and tasteless edamame that I frequently run into elsewhere. The service was a bit shaky, only because the waitress had started her new career just five minutes before I walked in the door. She actually didn't know what edamame was - we both had the manager come over, who looked terribly embarrassed, but quickly resolved the situation. The dishes arrived out of order, but they were all so good that I didn't care. It's walking distance from home, so ... I'm very happy.
I recently moved to the area and this place is just a few blocks away. Happy to say, it's become one of my neighborhood joints. I typically stick with the small plates since they're great to share with my significant other. Our favorites so far have been the fried oysters, the chicken and waffle croquettes, the spinach pierogi, the pumpkin ravioli and of course, the kaya toast. I'm all about the kaya toast and we've been known to get two orders on occasion. Also, and to pretend like we're being healthy, we'll order something green, such as the (crispy) brussels sprouts or the house salad. They have a terrific drink menu with cocktails that are too difficult or time consuming for me to make at home, (which is what I look for in a drink list). I can make my own, great old fashioned. I like trying a new drink every time I go. They also have a nice wine list when I'm in the mood for a glass.The service has always been great and the staff has always been friendly. I would recommend making a reservation before going since seating fills up pretty fast. Otherwise, get there once they open for dinner, like we usually do, and seating shouldn't be an issue.
You can't argue with the huge popularity of this place - it's an institution. The good news is that the food portions are VERY generous and pretty darned tasty. It's just not *great* - other Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area can lay claim to that title.But the heck with semantics - you'll enjoy your eating experience, particularly if you get the very sweet slippery shrimp. If you eat at the restaurant, don't order one entree per person, unless you plan on taking a lot of food home. This is meant to be shared. So experiment, grab a few entrees and everyone have a taste. Fun.Be aware that the line to get in is typically very long, due to the popularity of the place. I prefer to order take-out, where I can enjoy Yang Chow food in my home with my friends. Always a fun treat. Our friends from London insist on us ordering Yang Chow food whenever they come to town!
This is probably one of the best sushi places in LA. This isn't your California roll sushi places, which is a really nice change of pace. If you can, definitely try the Omakase (Japanese or regular). It'll definitely be more $$, but the fish selection is so good. I'll just say this, I haven't had such good fresh tasting sushi in a while. Of course I haven't tried some of the higher end and more $$$ places around town, but to those who are thinking about spending a bit more on on much better sushi without breaking the bank, I'd recommend this place. Small problem with this location, which I guess is true for most places near the west side... is parking. I don't remember seeing a parking lot for this place, but there's plenty of street parking in the adjacent streets or the nearby neighborhood.
the deep-fried bean curd is unique--thick, golden, crunchy batter that sticks well on above-averaged-sized pieces of bean curd. i give the bean curd on a good day here 5 starts (there are days where they're good, but not great). the other regular entrees i've been getting over the years are the deep-fried chow mein hong kong-sytle, roast duck, walnut mayonnaise shrimp, and sweet & sour pork. i give these 3.5-4.5 stars.over the many years i've been going to won kok, the food quality has been consistent.NOTE: this is a chinese restaurant that cops, filipinos, and hispanics almost exclusively seem to fancy; i rarely see chinese people here, other than any chinese friends with me and the staff.
Until Dong Il Jang, I was a Korean BBQ naysayer. The stuff I'd had was either super Americanized, or so focused on fatty meat that I had to really psych up my digestive system days in advance. But this place is the real deal. The meats (especially the roast gui) are really fresh and tasty. The sides (banchan), especially the noodles and kimchi that come with the meal, are fresh and flavorful. But for me, it's the dish whose name escapes me -- it's a platter of already pre-stir-fried, bright red-colored meat that is a mix of sweet and spicy, and it's the best. Atmosphere is cozy yet lively, just what it should be for the shared, messy, yummy group experience.