Monday, December 14, 2009

You found out, I've got a crush on you

I'm going on vacation with O.G., can you believe it? I don't know if I'm going to survive - no joke. So I've got a great big BENTO supply GIVEAWAY running on the recipes blog (Go enter!!) and I'm designating this here is restaurant week. Here's to hoping I make it back from vacation alive...and sane.

Wako Donkatsu is a place specializing in katsu - fried cutlet. It's odd that this Japanese specialty is right in the heart of Koreatown - and in a strip mall no less, but it works. Wow does it work.

Katsu is a breaded and deep fried cutlet - who doesn't love fried food, but when katsu is done this well it's almost heavenly. Here it's done perfectly. They have pork, beef, shrimp, chicken - they also offer soba noodles.

But the real fun here is the katsu sauce, not stuff from a jar - they get YOU involved by having you crush and grind your own sesame seeds with a mortar and pestle. Let me tell you, the kids thought it was crazy fun. The seeds add an amazingly amount of flavor depending on how well you grind them down.

The plates are huge, with tons of cabbage that at first you might dismiss, but don't. The dressing on it is so delicious, I'd almost forgo the katsu just to eat that giant mound of cabbage.

It's definitely a great place for lunch, I can tell you O.G. - Queen of all things Fried - LOVED it and even asked me to take her back -- and for once she wasn't lying. That's recommendation enough right there.

More Wako Donkatsu pics, here.

Wako Donkatsu
3377 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 112

Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Anonymous Lynn said...

Its interesting to see Japanese food labeled in Korean. So how did the katsu sauce come out?

Monday, December 14, 2009 6:27:00 AM  

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