Part of the reason why we’re on hiatus is because we’ve settled. And by ‘settled’, I mean that we just want something easy, accessible, effortless, good and cheap ALL the time. And we found just the place: Yuko Kitchen at Miracle Mile. They served Japanese home cook food. It has a petit charming cafe space, warmth and friendly staff, fresh organic ingredients and tasty homemade treats and coffee. You just felt like going there like it’s your second living room. So we’ve been coming here all the time for the past few months.
The space reflects the quirks of the owner and her friends.
It has a nice patio and Japanese animated films are always playing on the screen.
A strange ladder that leads up to the magical male bathroom. The walls featured local artists’ works on the wall (works from my friend’s Cryptik are on the right).
The Mint Lemonade is amazing. A Must!
Garlic Albacore Rice Bowl. Fresh and delicious! The combination of jalapeno and picked radish added a lot. They gave you a bottle of tonburi sauce if you wanted more dressing. The rice bowls came with a huge bed of salad at the bottom.
BBQ Eels Rice Bowl. So good!
Beef Plate: a combination plate that includes the soup of the day, spicy Tuna on crispy rice appetizer and dessert. It reminded me of Kid’s set menu.
Garlic Shrimp Rice Bowl: The shrimps are so fresh and crispy, perfectly cooked.
They also have some ‘fusion’ items. Bow-lito is their take on a burrito using seaweed paper. Taco Rice Bowl: Ground Beef, Chic Pea, Tomato salsa, Avocado, Jalapeno Sour cream on bed of Organic green and Rice. Surprisingly good!
They have a lot of Japanese vegetable sides to add on too.
They made their own pastries as well: Sesame Marshmallow.
Everything here is tasty. The owner’s unique taste reflects on the non run-of-the-mill food, and you just feel there’s a lot of heart. The food is cooked with fresh ingredients and given in generous amount, it’s no wonder that this place is packed during lunch hour (there’re a lot of offices nearby, including where I’m working now.)
5484 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036