Asian Restaurant / Japanese Restaurant / Sushi Restaurant
Apr 12, 2013Must Go To in Downtown"One of the freshest sushi restaurants in Little Tokyo, Sushi Gen acquires an array of fresh fish that would make you think they had bought it the morning of. Inside Honda Plaza, the crowd waiting outside the restaurant is particularly noticeable as they flock over for a lunch break or drive into downtown for great sushi. The wait for a table ranges from 20 minutes if you’re lucky or up to an hour. It is almost always packed from opening to closing time. Certain items are pricey but the lunch specials offer pretty good deals that are filling. The sashimi lunch special included a large plate with yellowtail, the tuna family, and spicy tuna, all for $15. Sushi Gen’s sushi is simple with no special sauces or the omakase style like other sushi places, but the freshness of the food is enough to keep attracting customers. I highly recommend the white fish in ponzu, kampachi sushi, and toro sushi.
Sushi Gen’s staff offers great service, as they are welcoming and friendly. They are also very organized in terms of dealing with so many people and are fast with delivering food to the table.
Try to get there early before lunch and dinner rush hours, right when they open to avoid waiting in line. Like many Japanese restaurants they have a gap between lunch and dinner for break so make sure you do not show up disappointed during that time. They are also closed on Sundays.
Apr 12, 2013Innovation At Its Best"Located at the heart of downtown LA between 7th and Grand, Boba 7’s owner and USC alum Elton Keung has created an innovative way in preparing a new taste for boba. Boba 7 has set itself apart from other competing boba places by offering alcoholic drinks that pair well with add ons such as honey boba, lychee/mango jelly, or popping bobas. Labeling themselves as the “world’s first speakeasy boba bar”, Boba 7 has introduced Asian mixology through their well known Green Tea Heineken and Bobagasm. Other than their creative alcoholic boba drinks, delicious non-alcoholic beverages are also offered. Their horchata with honey boba may at first taste confusing but the mix of almond milk and cinnamon with the chewy boba produces a tasty concoction that can’t be found anywhere else. Boba 7 provides a Taiwanese authenticity of boba and tea, but also a mix of fusion that adds on to the diversity of LA.
Boba 7 is located inside the Thai restaurant, Soi 7. It may be hard for first timers to find at first, but walk into the restaurant past the tables and head to the back where a trendy and casual atmosphere will appear alongside a counter for people to order. Parking can be extremely hard to find especially with the hectic traffic in downtown. If street parking is unavailable, parking lots can be found nearby costing around $4. Paying for parking is totally worth the taste of Boba 7 or you can go on a Sunday where street parking will be free. Boba 7 also usually offers free upgrades to large when you post about them via Facebook, twitter, or instagram. Currently they offer free upgrades to large or add ons if you take the metro, which takes away the stress of finding parking.