Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
There are a few Ojiya locations. The Hacienda Heights location specializes in yakitori. Located inconspicuously in a strip mall, this place serves surprisingly good food. Parking is a breeze. There are quite a few tables, so it doesn’t take long to snag one. Ojiya also takes reservations! 🙂
The menu is quite extensive – ranging from the yakitori specialties, to typical izakaya dishes, to sushi rolls, to personal-size hot pots, etc. Everything was good! I like this place better than Shinsengumi because there’s more variety at Ojiya, and the prices are more reasonable. There’s also a daily specials menu (yes, those of you who noticed the date, I know I’m behind on the restaurant posts :p) :
Seared albacore sushi
Beef tongue – unlike other places, it’s a thicker cut at Ojiya. More beef flavor… mmm…
Crab salad – pretty refreshing $5.95
Pork, shitake mushroom, eggplant and okra skewers
Fried calamari. My bro, the calamari expert, said this was pretty good.
One of my favorites here – oyster hot pot! The broth is full of seafood flavor and there’s a decent amount of oysters and vegetables in the pot. I would be happy to just order this. $12.95
Tempura udon. The big plate of tempura comes on the side, light and crispy. Yum! $11.80
Caterpillar roll – I heard this was pretty good
Grilled squid – yes, it’s the whole squid. Charred on the outside but still tender. Makes good beer food!
The yaki onigiri is also pretty good. Beware, they’re pretty sizable portions. $2.50 each
We ordered a lot of sushi and yakitori. Between the 7 of us, I think total bill came out to around $250 including tip, so pretty good for a yakitori place.