Disgusting. I dined at Wakaii sushi late last Saturday night, alone. The ambiance was decent, and I was excited to perhaps have discovered a little treasure trove of low-cost asian cuisine very close to my apartment complex. In my mind I imagined that this hole in the wall would offer suprisingly tasty food prepared by a native Japanese chef and at an affordable price. Immediately after being served luke-warm, weak green tea, I consumed a seaweed salad. The salad was inconsistant in temperature. I work in the restaurant business, and that is a dead giveaway that the food that has not been safely prepared. To be honest, it was the chewiest and worst tasting seaweed salad I have ever eaten. Studpidly I continued on to a 2nd course, hoping it might be better. I had ordered the sesame chicken bowl, thinking it would be a safe alternative to sushi in this somewhat sketchy restaurant. The dish had been described to me as all white breast meat, crusted with sesame seeds and served in a sauce with vegetables over rice. When the meal arrived, I was horrified to discover soggy rice that had apparently been sitting in a pan being endlessly reheated topped with slimy cabbage and deep fried blobs of chicken that were more batter than actual meat. There were no vegetables, and no sesame seeds. I asked the waiter if I had been served the wrong dish, but he assured me that it was indeed the sesame chicken bowl. I decided to give it a try although it looked very un-appetizing. After my first bite, I could tell something was wrong. I had the reflex to gag up the food I had just injested, but continued to eat (being a waitress myself I know how irritating it can be to send food back). However, after about three bites I instinctively knew it would be a mistake to dine on. Four days of extreme nausea and diharrea ensued. In short, I DO NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone - unless you enjoy running to the bathroom with a strong urge to hurl approximately every fifteen minutes.
Cheap local ramen for OCers.. Taste isn't that great. Most of the times, it's better to drive 40minutes to Gardena and have a real tasty Japanese ramen, but for times when you don't feel like driving long miles and want to have an ok ramen and sushi, this place fits the bill.. and it won't break your wallet either.
Good food. My husband and I love this place- it's close and the ramen is very tasty and very reasonable. The sushi and sashimi are good too. A bonus- if you don't order the ramens (thus get the bentos etc.), there's complimentary green tea ice cream. There's plasma screen TVs so the husband can watch the game while we eat.
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