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“Raku Plus on 2nd Street in Little Tokyo.” 4 of 5 stars
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Raku Restaurant
11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064-1420 (Westside)
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Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Japanese, Korean
Neighborhood: Westside
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Neighborhood: Westside
Santa Monica, California
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“Raku Plus on 2nd Street in Little Tokyo.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

en we go to Raku Plus we seem to always be the only non-Asians in the room. And we go there quite often. I don't understand this though because the menu is in English and there is a hand-written "Specials" board that they bring to the table (also in English) and they also offer a PICTURE MENU (yes, it's in English too) showing all the most popular dishes AND there is a Top Ten card on every table - describing their ten most popular dishes. And all the wait staff speak and understand English perfectly. The food is top rung and wonderfully fresh and well-presented. The place is casual and friendly and full of a very positive vibe. You cannot go wrong with their Miso Cod, Fried Tofu or Eggplant with Miso - we order those every time. We also love the Deep-Fried Sardine with Plum Paste and Shiso Leaf. Two nights ago we tried Fried Lotus Root stuffed with Ground Chicken from the Specials Menus - it was spectacular. They also offer several wonderful Pork Belly (what can I say, I like Pork Belly!) dishes from the Specials Menu and they are all very well-made and delicious and range from Fried to Grilled. There are dozens and dozens of things to try there. It is a tapas-like experience where you order lots of little Japanese/PanAsian dishes - it's great fun! (And they serve beer and wine.) If you want to read the menu beforehand - and it might help since you will be a little more familiar with their many, many selections - go here: https://sites.google.com/site/izakayarakuplus/menu

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“japanese/korean izakaya...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

japanese/korean izakaya fair. not bad but a little too pricey for what it is.

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