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Japanese Northern California reviews

Delica rf-1

Delica rf-1 is an interesting experiment in Japanese deli food. It’s high-end (i.e. expensive), they use fresh ingredients and even utilize some of the vendors that reside in the Ferry Building (Cowgirl Creamery and Prather Meat Company). I was lucky enough to end up here with my wife and sister in law, so we were able to get a pretty good sampling of food between the three of us. $47 later, here’s how things broke down.


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For all their talk about fresh, healthy and balanced meals, Delica’s strength is definitely in their fried foods. The Potato Croquette was really nice, but the Crab Cream Croquette is even better. Tonkatsu was smaller and bite sized since it’s made with pork tenderloin, a smaller, leaner cut of meat that benefits from being fried in panko. They’re all perfectly fried, not greasy and still crispy after sitting in the display case for awhile.

We also tried both curries — Mushroom and Ground Chicken Curry and Beef Curry served with hot steamed rice — and they were good, but they also weren’t anything special either, although the beef curry featured some perfectly cooked Prather Ranch Meat.

But the real star at Delica is the Roast Beef Sushi. A rare piece of Meyer Ranch meat on top of sushi rice and topped with baby arugula, shallots and julienned radish. It not only looked beautiful, it was absolutely delicious. And to think it was almost an afterthought because it was in a separate box from the rest of the food and we were all pretty full by the time we ate them.

We also ordered the Spinach and Sesame Salad (Goma-ae), which was very bland, but my sister in law said that that’s what it’s supposed to taste like. The Sweet & Spicy Chicken was good but nothing mind blowing, as was the Chicken Dumpling with sweet chili sauce.

I really wanted to try the Tofu Steak with Miso Sauce and Kakiage Tempura (mixture of shredded vegetables, white shrimp in a tempura batter), but we already had too much food, but I think the next time I go, I’m just going to get three orders of roast beef sushi and call it a day.

INFORMATION
Delica rf-1
1 Ferry Building, Shop 45
San Francisco, CA 94111 map
415.834.0344
Web site

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reviews Southern California

Canter’s Deli

I love pastrami and I love sauerkraut, but I’ve never really been a fan of Jewish delis because I’ve always thought they were overpriced. I ended up at Canter’s against my will the other night, but approached it as an opportunity to give the place another chance. I’ve been to Canter’s a few times before and was never really impressed by the food, but honestly, I don’t think my palette or my food knowledge was very good back then. Plus, I was usually poor, so any sandwich that cost over $10 was a big problem for me.

My wife and I split the Reuben sandwich. We got it with pastrami and it was really good. Not melt-in-your-mouth pastrami like at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, but still very good. The sauerkraut was excellent and was easily my favorite part of the meal. For dessert, my wife ordered the blueberry pie a la mode, which she thought was just okay because the filling was more like a blueberry jelly than actual whole blueberries.



If you like pickles, they’re free at Canter’s, and they bring you a plate of them when you’re seated. If you’re in a drinking mood, you can order most mixed drinks at your table and i think they come from the bar next door. If there’s a band playing at the bar, then it can get a little loud, so you may want to sit in the room near the main entrance if you want to have a conversation. Our waitress was cool and very accommodating of our group of 10 and had no problem handling separate checks.

The one thing I really hate about Canter’s is the parking, especially in the evening. There’s a small lot adjacent to the restaurant that’s usually full, so unless you’re going to hunting for street parking, you’ll have to wait till someone leaves before you can park. Luckily this process moves fairly quickly since people are always coming and going, and while you wait, you can admire the mural that’s painted on the side of the building chronicling the Jewish struggle in Los Angeles.

INFORMATION
Canter’s Deli
419 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 map
323.651.2030
Web site