Little Tokyo: Japanese Curry at Ebisu

karaage // fried chicken

karaage // fried chicken

While walking around Little Tokyo, we decided on Ebisu for dinner. The Japanese izakaya or small plates restaurant was a little quiet when we first walked in. I have gone much later at night and they’re usually busy. In fact we were so early, we were able to order a few things at their happy hour pricing. I was immediately drawn to the fried chicken (karaage) and shishito peppers. The karaage was a nice portion and I’d get this again. I’ve been missing my nearly weekly karaage fests now that Chin-Ma-Ya has closed down. Ebisu’s are big meat balls of fried chicken compared to other places mostly-batter versions.

shishito peppers

shishito peppers

 

The shishito peppers were fairly standard with a sprinkling of bonito (fish) flakes. I (un)luckily didn’t find any that were spicy. They say one in 100 peppers is particularly spicy.

tokatsu // pork curry

tonkatsu // pork cutlet curry

 

When confronted with a big menu, I tend to order the first thing I see. I probably should have rethought my tonkatsu (pork cutlet curry) since I did order fried chicken and getting fried pork is overdoing it. However, I was very happy with the pork cutlet. The breading was minimal and crispy. The pork was on the fattier side– for more meaty tonkatsu, try nearby Suehiro.

yosenabe

yosenabe

 

My friend had yosenable, a slightly sweet soup with tofu, fish, chicken and napa cabbage. I thought the tofu and fish were good but the chicken was a bit overcooked.

I’m glad we checked out Ebisu. It’s been a few years since I’ve been and I was reminded how much I do like the simple homey Japanese food. I’d go back for to explore the inexpensive lunch sets.

Ebisu Japanese Tavern

356 E 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 613-1644

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