Quickie Lunch @ Misasa

When I get the craving to eat some no-frills Japanese food, I head to Mitsuwa Marketplace on Centinela and Venice. Usually, I order something from the highly regarded Santouka, but I wanted something different from ramen this time. Enter the katsu-don from Misasa:

Lunch: Katsu-don @ Misasa

Misasa is on the far corner from the entrance when you face the foodcourt. They offer a variety of don’s including an egg and eel don, which I will need to try next time. There are also a couple of bento choices available.

The katsu-don, a big bowl of rice topped with cooked onions, a shoyu-based sauce, breaded pork cutlet and egg, also comes with a few sides: hiyakko tofu, some pickled veggies, miso soup, and cold barley tea. The pork is on the dry side, but the sauce and egg on top saved it. The dish isn’t anything amazing, but it’s good no-nonsense Japanese food. For about $7, it’s a pretty good deal for lunch on the west side.

Dessert: Green tea ice cream

For dessert, I visited the cafe by the entrance and got a green tea ice-cream with red-bean and mochi ($4.50). The mochi was the perfect amount of chewiness and I loved how the ice-cream has that nice matcha bitterness and wasn’t too sweet.

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Misasa in Mitsuwa Marketplace
3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Pho Show

Pho Show just had their grand opening this week, so I went to visit for dinner tonight since it’s so close to my office. Since it’s on the west side and it is called Pho Show, I didn’t go in with my expectations too high.

Pho Show: Thai Ice Tea

While waiting for the rest of my party to arrive, I ordered a Thai iced tea. I was surprised when it came because it looked a bit browner than the usual orange stuff I get at the restaurants in the SGV. It tastes less sweet and more bitter than the usual Thai iced tea, but I liked it. I don’t like it when the iced tea is too creamy or sweet, but this was definitely not the usual Thai iced tea people are used to.
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