A Little More Wokcano Please
I finally got to check-out Wokcano, part of a restaurant group in Los Angeles, with a sixth opening in Long Beach. They are also in Santa Monica, Downtown, Burbank and Pasadena.
The food is great tasting Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai, along with fun cocktails! This place is intimately boutique and really takes you to another land through their décor. I enjoyed dining under a grassy roofed thatch hut while sitting in the banquette section. There are ceiling lights reflecting on interesting art, and the walls of brown are combined with straw-grass, matching padded dark woods. The most unusual chandeliers hang over the beautiful display of sushi. One doesn't expect to see a live busy sushi bar in this cozy type of restaurant with Master chef’s creating sushi art. The menu is super appetizing, offering every kind of combination, from hot appetizers, to soup, with signature cold dishes and personal Wokcano Rolls. The list of Sushi Rolls is amazing, as are the Sushi Dinners. In addition the it continues with cooked Chicken, served with broccoli and onions in a spicy garlic sauce, Beef, Vegetable dinners, and an amazing group of Seafood. Of course it wouldn't be Asian without the Noodles and Rice. They have covered everything, including my magnificent lunch for less than $10, which included rice, salad, and egg roll! Other popular items are Honey Walnut Shrimp, (Crispy Prawns topped with glazed honey walnuts and black pepper) Beef Mignon, (tender beef quick –stirred in a rich roasted black pepper sauce) and another favorite is the Golden Triangle, with Asparagus and Avocado in a triangular roll wrapped in Soy paper with seared spicy Tuna, mint and a Black Masago topping.
I especially enjoyed the grilled salmon in a ginger- sauce marinated in Basil, Garlic & Olive Oil matched with Lemon Butter and Soy sauce. The California Roll was extraordinary; same for the spicy chicken & Shrimp sautéed with Asparagus, onions and peanuts. Portions are extra large and I was delighted to take some of it home. And the wrap was lovely, with a special Wokcano bag. Wokcano is one of the fastest growing Asian restaurants in Southern California. Although Asian inspired it's modern with chic decor, captivating the tastes of an engaging environment. Before or after dinner, the restaurant offers stellar cocktail concoctions, signature martinis and an innovative bar menu. At some locations diners can enjoy a seductive blend of music spun by savvy DJ's on weekends. This gives the Santa Monica location a fresh and unique experience. Plush leather couches are comfortable on the open-air patio. They pretty much take pride in inviting each guest with a modern culinary Pan Asian experience.
This is a fine place for events and private parties with each location having floor space from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet. And for the convenience if its diners Wokcano offers valet parking at their locations every day of the week. It's also the perfect place for movie screenings, and wrap parties, along with any kind of event.
The lunch specialties were marvelous, and some of the dishes were chicken, including Kung Pao, also chicken with mushrooms or Cashew chicken, along with either Lemon, Orange or Teriyaki, (all chicken dishes). Other combinations were Beef, or Shrimp with mixed vegetables, plus other preparations made with Shrimp. The Rolls included the famous spicy Tuna in many variations, also one for vegetarians. These were all under $10. Sushi dinners from $15-$28. Menu mostly under $15. Excellent Sushi, try the Salmon!
Open till 12:30am Sunday-Thursday; on Friday & Saturday till 1:30am. I went to the one in West Hollywood; 323-951-1122. 8408 W. Third St; Delivery Hours 11:00am-1:30am.