Penelope and I went out for dinner in Little Tokyo tonight, we felt like drinking so we hopped in a cab and headed down to first street for some libations and food. We were going to hit Suehiro again, but when we arrived we first tried a random sushi bar, that was closed so we crossed the street and decided to check out Kobe Ramen. The combination of the restaurant being empty finding out that they didn’t serve booze should have prompted us to leave right then, but not wanting to be rude we stayed and ordered some food. Penelope ordered fried tofu and I ordered takoyaki (one of my favorites) and the enoki beef rolls.
Takoyaki is a really delicious treat that I seldom get to enjoy. Tako means octopus in Japanese, and takoyaki is octopus dumplings smothered in a sweet sauce similar to Okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes, which writhe from the heat of the dumplings. It wasn’t the worst takoyaki I have ever had, but it also it wasn’t the best, and I will continue my search for excellent takoyaki like I had in Osaka along with my search for great make-it-yourself okonomiyaki.
The tofu was barely warm and soaked to the point of the batter being soggy in ponzu sauce. I didn’t hate it, but it really wasn’t that pleasant, maybe having to do the fact that “Polly Shore is Dead” was blaring on the flat-screen.
The enoki beef rolls, which I had seen on the internet looked nothing like the photo I had seen, in which the beef looked deliciously rare, instead they were a dull gray and lukewarm. After we finished the 3 small dishes of food, Penelope quietly asked if I wanted to head to Suehiro for some drinks, to which I replied “Oh hell yeah.”
Suehiro was packed and I had a nice big beeru along with a dish of natto and the biggest bowl of mountain yam I have ever had, even bigger than last time. We left pleasantly buzzed and a bit too full, but hey, who can resist natto?
[Btw I just wanted to note, that eating random dishes other than noodles is not a fair way to review a ramen house, so I plan to go back and give the ramen a chance]