You can always use another option for Japanese cuisine that’s not called Kabuki…in Hollywood.
Ah, for the days when I was young and raw.
I forget the exact reason, but me and a pal of mine were going to the Arclight for a Screening. We were massively early, and…instead of going to the Restaurant inside the Arclight, we went around the corner to find something for him that was in the neighborhood of being vegetarian.
I have no earthly idea what the heck Atch-Kotch means, though it sounds like an Austrian Furniture Store. What’s going on inside is 100% Japanese, and not bad. Not great either, truth be told. I think you’ll find it on an even keel with the equally nearby Kabuki.
But it’s not like it’s rotten-to-the-core awful therefore stay away. No. It’s got a nice interior. The food’s okay, and not hideously expensive. It’s also quiet, serene. Someplace you can actually take a date, and not be drowned out by the Lakers game on the Bar TV.
Yes, I’m talking about you, Kabuki.
Distance wise its about a block, block and a half from the Arclight. Food wise, while I’m only okay with its quality, it does serve up a more traditional menu than Kabuki, with no one trying to upend Japanese traditional foods with new-look American takes on them. If I wanted that, I’d go to a Shopping Mall Food Court.
I’d say give it a whirl one of these days if you’re in the mood. It’s surrounded by some other interesting joints, but does require you to pass by some notable heavyweights around and along Sunset Blvd. (Umami, Los Balcones, Magnolia).
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I went for the Parko Ramen, which is Shoyu ramen with a choice of fried chicken or pork. And then I made a mistake. I say “fried” and when with Chicken, and I personally don’t think the combination of flavors was strong enough.
Again, my fault. I think Fried Pork would have gone a lot, lot better.
I also got their version of the Agedashi Tofu which was incredibly lightly fried, almost too lightly. It was good. I’m glad I had it, but it was the only time I’ve had this dish, when it felt like the tofu had been barely touched by the heat of a pan.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The safety tips here are mostly about the parking. The restaurant is pretty straight ahead otherwise.
PARKING: Okay, this is one area where I think I’m going to let you down this time. My first visit was years and years ago, and I don’t remember it. This visit was during lunch, and the very large, very free parking lot had plenty of spaces. What happens on a late Friday night, I couldn’t tell you. I can imagine there being some kind of valet service, but don’t hold me to that. I’m not a direct eyewitness.
1253 Vine Street #5
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tel: (323) 467-5537