DTLA: Yojie Japanese Fondue & Sake Bar
In my everlasting hunt for good DTLA lunch spots, I headed over to Yojie for shabu shabu. They describe shabu shabu as “Japanese fondue” which I suppose is correct. If you’re unfamiliar with either term, it just means there’s a pot of something (broth, water, oil, chocolate, etc) boiling in front of you which you then dip your choice of combustible. In this case, I chose 8 oz of beef. I’m wondering if there are really people who only order 3 or 5 oz (12 seemed a bit excessive). Yojie has either regular shabu shabu or sukiyaki broths. We decided on sukiyaki though perhaps I might try the more savory one next time. I am not a huge fan of sweet in my savory dishes and the sukiyaki got really sweet towards the end. Then again, you could dilute it with more water.
My vegetarian friend opted for the veggie plate which was just a larger version of the veggies I got with my beef. It did come with mushrooms which I longed for. Luckily, he didn’t care we shared the same pot thinly divided by a metal sheet. He really enjoyed Yojie, the artwork and the pace. Because you’re eating as you’re cooking, I think we got full without even realizing it.
Although I got the lunch special (which only applies to the beef), I don’t know if it’s the type of meal to be enjoyed for lunch. The pace and the longing to try the sake would have me coming back for dinner. Also, Yojie does have chocolate fondue so that may be fun to do!
Yojie501 W Olympic Blvd., Ste 102
Los Angeles, CA 90015