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Del Rey Kitchen

12740 Culver Blvd., Ste. B (McConnell Ave.) Send to Phone
310-822-7788
The dream restaurant of childhood friends Satoru Yokomori and Michael Yee, Del Rey Kitchen serves hearty Japanese comfort cuisine.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Features
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual

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Del Rey Kitchen Restaurant Review

: From the outside, Del Rey Kitchen looks like a quaint, but unsurprising mom-and-pop café. But once inside, diners will immediately notice the opposite is true. Chalkboards bedeck many of the walls, covered in colorful and playful artwork, and the scent of ginger and garlic wafts through the air. This restaurant is devoted to a few styles of intensely flavored Japanese soul food: Yōshoku (Western-influenced cuisine created during the Meiji Restoration) and Itameshi (the Japanese interpretation of Italian food). Simple, well-prepared carpaccio is made with high-quality beef and topped with sesame aïoli; the dish makes for a nice accompaniment to salty and crunchy takoyaki (large fritters filled with chunks of octopus). Spicy caviar pasta is a wacky blend of linguine, seaweed, salmon roe from Iceland and a rich butter sauce, while “Samurai steak” is a straightforward cut of red meat finished with a mildly sweet saké reduction that is balanced by acidic roasted tomatoes. Creamy flan is a light-in-texture dessert. Overall, the restaurant is a welcome option in a rather barren section of West L.A.

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