honda ya izakaya


honda ya izakaya

I‘ve been lucky enough to eat at some wonderful restaurants. By beginning this food blog, I not only hope to share recipes with you guys, but also some great places to eat! I currently live in Los Angeles, so most of my Weekend Foodies will feature restaurants in the Southern California area. However, I do travel home to Hawaii and to other cities/countries on occasion and plan to post about those experiences too.

So without further ado, here is the very first Weekend Foodie:

On Friday, some friends and I had dinner at Bestia, located in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve been wanting to adventure on over for a while, but life and plans kept getting in the way — not to mention this place is always crazy busy! We finally had the chance to early on Friday night before the restaurant got too busy.

Bestia is in a part of DTLA that I didn’t really realize existed. It’s not exactly “central”, and the surrounding buildings all seem to be mostly warehouses. But leave all those worries behind at the door. As soon as I stepped inside, I felt as though I was in the heart of New York at one of the city’s trendiest restaurants. Ooh, yes. Bestia is the epitome of trendy. No joke. During dinner, one of my friends casually commented on the fact that every person walking in and out of the restaurant looked like a model or a movie star. Oh hey, don’t mind me just stuffing my face over here.

We sat outside under stringed lights and surrounded by brick walls covered in vines. My camera was on the verge of dying throughout the entire meal, so this is the only picture I took of the scenery 🙁


Veal Tartare Crostino:

As always, we ordered a bunch of dishes and shared all of them family-style. This crostino may not look all too delicious, but it was definitely my favorite dish of the night.


Roasted Bone Marrow:

Ok wait I take that back. THIS was the best dish of the night. We honestly should have ordered two for the table. *this is what dreeee-eee-ee-eeeams are made of*


Slow Roasted Lamb Neck:

I should probably stop trying to pick a favorite dish because my god this was so amazing too. No knife needed, the meat fell off the bone as soon as I poked it with my fork.


Strozzapreti Nero di Seppia:

I think that’s what this one is called. I forgot what the name of this dish was when we ordered it but this is the only dish on their menu that lists a squid ink pasta!


Spaghetti Rustichella:

Sea urchin and squid ink pastas are everywhere today, but hey I’m not complaining. The more the merrier! ME EAT UNI.


Chocolate Budino:

I’ll never turn down a dessert–especially if it’s chocolate. However, I don’t think any of their desserts were as good as the other dishes we had. Nonetheless, I still ate about half of this thing.



Sunday night was… JAPANESE! Time to satisfy this sushi craving. We ate at Honda Ya Izakaya, which is a popular Japanese restaurant that serves anything from tempura, sushi, to chicken hearts. and I didn’t feel the least bit embarrassed about moving into odd positions in order to take these photos because this meal was heaven in a small, crowded, and loud restaurant in the middle of Little Tokyo and life is good.


Fresh tofu is just the best (sorry to those blocks of store bought tofu).


Salmon Sashimi:

Fresh sashimi and not overly expensive like Sugarfish or Nobu? I’m in.


Uni + Ahi Tuna:


Beef Tongue:


Ebi, Salmon + Hamachi:


Butterfish (Black Cod):

Growing up, this was always my favorite dish at Japanese restaurants. In Hawaii, black cod prepared in this way is referred to as Butterfish. The name speaks for itself. When prepared right, this is the most soft and tender thing in the world.

Hamachi Kama (Yellowtail Collar):

A close second to Butterfish, Hamachi Kama is also extremely tender and delicious. The best part is picking out the juicy bits of fish from around the inside of the bone.

Beef Tataki:

The slices were thick and a bit chewy. I’m more of a fan of the very thinly sliced versions, but this is all personal preference.


Squid Skewers + Bacon Wrapped Scallops:


Ankimo (Monkfish Liver):

Don’t judge it till you’ve tried it! Ankimo is the foie gras of the sea (:


Chicken Teriyaki:


Pork Cutlet:

You can never go wrong with this.


And that just about wraps it up for food this weekend! Hope the week ahead is a great and fun one for you guys. I’ll also be posting about an awesome Apple Pie recipe soon.

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