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Pan-Asian in Burbank.
This started as a review of The Back House.
Now, it’s a review of Wokcano.
What happened? Well…
First off, I went to The Back House for lunch. I went there for Lunch because various Foodie websites, and even The Back House’s own front door said they’d be open. They were not.
Turns out The Back House is a part of the same company who owns the Wokcano franchise, which I did not know before. I know it now because of the tunnel at the Burbank location that connects the one to the other.
So, instead of going to the place I wanted to go, I wound up…here.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me put my biases on the table.
You say “Pan-Asian” and I start to get nervous. And that’s what Wokcano is really, a Pan-Asian restaurant. Where else do you see both Chicken Teriyaki and Mongolian Beef on the same menu.
So…Wokcano is a “Pan-Asian” place?
Slow your roll.
That being said, you start throwing Sushi on that menu, I’m thinking you’ve gone Japanese. It’s not an unreasonable assumption, after all. You got Edamane and Gyoza on the menu as well.
So..Wokcano is a Japanese place?
Let’s start with what Wokcano is. It’s meant to be a hangout, a place where tired, hungry and thirsty Warner Bros. or Disney workers can come after work to watch the game, have a brew or have a bite. As far as that goes, Wokcano works great. I mean, it’s a fantastic looking Restaurant. You walk inside and you want to hang out here. The service is top notch. I think this is one of the better gigs being a Waitress/Waiter/Bartender in Burbank, so they get good people here. You will not lack for attention, friendliness or help while you’re at Wokcano.
The food though…? Ehhh…meh.
The food isn’t terrible. You won’t instantly regret what you order by any stretch. It’s just that you can do so much better. You can do so much better even in Burbank.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I had the Chicken Teriyaki which was…okay. Grilled Chicken with an dipping bowl filled with actual (Gasp! Shock!) Teriyaki Sauce. It also came with Miso Soup which was good. I also had some Chicken Dumplings. Again, not bad…but nothing to write home about.
Looking over the Menu, I’d also consider the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice (just to see how it compares to Gyu-Kaku). If was having a Korean-themed menu, I’d go for the Korean style Short Ribs. Chinese style, I’d go for the Spicy Garlic Chicken with String Beans, or the Garlic Spinach. Everything else looks better in someone else’s restaurant.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Don’t come here expecting a replacement for anything in Monterey Park or San Gabriel. In fact, don’t come here expecting a replacement for anything further down San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank (Orochon, Kabuki — it’s about as good as Octopus).
This is a bias on my part. I think a Korean place that does nothing but make Korean food is going to give you a better meal than Wokcano. Same for Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Maylay, Indian, Singaporean, etc.
PARKING: The good news is that Wokcano and The Back House are a part of one of these mega huge Retail/Residence complexes that are all the rage. So there is a Parking lot in the building where they reside. It’s a bit hidden, but it’s the first left past Wokcano. The bad news is...it fills up really, really stinkin’ fast, so…
You’re dreaming if you’re thinking there’s street parking. You may get lucky and stumble upon street parking, but…I wouldn’t hold my breath. Consult our Burbank Parking Map to be sure.
150 S San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
Hrs: Sun-Sat 11am-2am