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“decent noodles, crap service, strong grease smell in the dining room”
Review of Kansai

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Ranked #543 of 741 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed December 11, 2007

This restaurant is a nice departure from your typical teriyaki/sushi/tempura joint because it's primarily a noodle house. It specializes in udon and soba served hot or cold with various broths and garnishes, plus some additional bento box specials that are uniquely Japanese. I like the vegetarian-friendly menu -- lots of tofu and different kinds of vegetables, and a mushroom broth instead of the fish broth.

However, from the first day this place opened years ago (and under different owners), the dining room has always reeked of deep-frying oil. I don't know if they simply can't get a decent vent installed or if there are direct air ducts from the kitchen to the dining room, but I always walk out of there smelling like old grease.

The service is pretty indifferent...expect a waitress or waiter who speaks little to no English, doesn't make eye contact, and practically throws your food at you, and never asks if everything is okay or if you want anything else. It doesn't matter if it's a full house or if you're the only table, the servers are always way too busy for you.

Thank tomatochild
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