September 22, 2009 2

Focus Cafe (Little Tokyo)

By in 06: Downtown LA

Just for fun, we lunched at a Japanese Karaoke joint that offers typical Japanese western dishes. Focus is hidden away on the 2nd floor of a nobody-goes-there mall building at the Japanese Village plaza.


We had the choice to dine at the individual karaoke room, the manga reading main room and a closed patio for the smoking patrons. The smoking area was surprisingly packed with Japanese businessman.


Hamburg steak Lunch set.


Napolitan. Taste like childhood, I like it in a guilty pleasure way.

The food is diner quality, homemade feel but quite tasty. The whole experience felt a little surreal as it’s felt like I’ve time traveled to Japan back in the 80s (mainly due to the decor). The place has a mom n’ pop feel, hidden, quiet and authentic. They have a UCC (a Japanese coffee brand) coffee maker that is in Bunsen Burner style.  I gotta come here to try their karaoke sometimes!

102 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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2 Responses to “Focus Cafe (Little Tokyo)”

  1. weezermonkey says:

    I am laughing at “nobody-go-there mall building.” I go there sometimes! But I’ve never been here. Hee hee.

  2. tomoko says:

    so the place has kept the vibes from the good-old bubble economy era, huh…
    I’m starting to feel nostalgic, too for those days!!