If you haven’t had Japanese curry before, it’s a little more mellow, involving a thick gravy that’s more spiced than spicy. Hurry Curry serves a big menu, but you want to focus on the chicken cutlet curry. A big piece of breaded chicken comes out pre-sliced with rice, a small cabbage salad, and a bowl of the curry sauce to spoon all over the top. It’s comforting, filling, and a good way to induce an afternoon nap.
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Daikokuya’s Sawtelle location pretty much always has a line, but the wait for their excellent ramen is worth it.
If you’re looking for bar food on Sawtelle, Furaibo - a dark, rowdy Izakaya - is a good option.
The omakase at Kiriko on Sawtelle is expensive but excellent. They also do more affordable lunch specials.
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This tiny Japanese restaurant along Pico is frankly more of a myth than anything else, but if you’re able to get in, expect a memorable meal.
Kazan, the self-proclaimed “Pinnacle of Noodle,” is a tremendous soba spot in Beverly Hills, if you don’t mind paying Beverly Hills prices.
Sorra is everything you want in a Hollywood bar - great rooftop views, a full dinner menu, strong drinks, and strangely, it’s never too crowded.
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Sawtelle’s Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
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As a general rule, sushi joints attached to fast food burger chain should probably be avoided. Unless that place is Got Sushi? in Northridge.
Marugame Udon is a casual, cafeteria-style spot to get your weekly (daily?) noodle fix on Sawtelle.
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