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Craving Robata Jinya

18 Mar



Has a server ever taken an order and asked if what we’re ordering is for the whole table when in fact it isn’t? Well, I guess that’s what happens when you put us in front of a menu from Robata Jinya, where my bf and I ended up ordering twice as many things than the two couples we had dinner with combined. Thanks to our Yelping friends and fellow food lovers, Marshall and Face, it has been proven, yet again, that a 4 stars or over rating on Yelp (with a significant number of reviewers of course) never fails. Despite not being a fan of driving through West Los Angeles traffic, the trek over the westside was well worth it for the good food and of course the good company. From the Robata-Yaki menu, I tried the Cherry Tomatoes, Shishito Peppers, Chilean Seabass, Maitake Mushrooms, and Eggplant. I tried the Yellowtail Sashimi Japapeno Citrus Soy from the list of Sashimi, the Jinya Mixed Green Salad, the Spicy Creamy Shrimp Tempura, and the Butter Lettuce Cup with Miso Black Cod from the list of Tapas, and the Crunch Roll and Baked Crab Roll (that we ordered again after finishing the first one) from the list of Roll Sushi. We also ordered the Shrimp Toast from the list of Specials after trying a bite from our friends’ order. If all of that didn’t sound like a lot of food, we also had Ramen, Japanese noodles in broth, which is what the restaurant is known for. I had the Vegetable Pottage Ramen: thick soups with mushed vegetables carrots, potatoes, onions, Soy beans, baby leaf, and I added all of the toppings: JIDORI Ni-Tamago (Free Cage Soft Cooked Egg), NORI Dried Seaweed, and Mushrooms. The Vegetable Ramen also happens to be the only type of Ramen that can’t be ordered in a half size; however, it turned out I didn’t need the half order since I finished the noodles. Maybe next time, we’ll save some room to try something from the list of Desserts, and there will definitely be a next time. Domo Arigato Mr. Robata (Jinya)!

Craving Vol. 94 Wine Bistro: Korean Fusion Tapas

1 Dec


Have you ever heard of Korean Tapas? I didn’t until a few weeks ago… My boyfriend’s sister and brother in-law introduced us to Vol. 94 in Pasadena, and ever since then, I was craving to go back for more. Vol. 94 Wine Bistro doesn’t have a defined cuisine category. The server explained that the name stands for the different volumes of food and the 94 days in summer that are peak for picking grapes. Wine Bistro speaks for itself. (Starting from the top) We had the Grilled Sword Squid, Galbi-Marinated Escolar (Black Forbidden Rice Bibimbap) Crabby Patty, Pirate’s Gold (Inked Gnocchi), and Purple Couliflower. We also had the Shrimp Toast, which was eaten before I got a picture of it (thank you hungry boyfriend) and the Pork Belly, which I had no part of. This is a great place for a quite dinner date, conveniently located across the street from the Arclight movie theater. I was originally going to include my thoughts of “Killing them Softly,” starring Brad Pitt; however, it turns out there isn’t really much worth mentioning. Let’s just say the best part of the night was the food.