Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wa Dining Okan

The menu changes frequently.
(Note the "Housemaid Salmon" --as fans of Downton Abbey, we were amused.)

Fried shrimp with sea salt -- incredible. 
You can just eat the whole thing, shell and all.

"Spicy" shrimp dish that was actually not that spicy.
Cheese hamburg.

Our friendly server mixes the half-cooked egg into our kettle-cooked rice. Yummm.

It has fatty pork in it. So good.

Dessert was custard pudding with black sugar honey.

And shiratama zenzai -- red bean paste and rice dumplings with green tea ice cream on top.

Fried mochi.

Such good potato salad!

Simmered radish in broth.
This is the kind of thing Okan does so well!  Simple homey dishes.
Rating: Two thumbs up!
Date: 11/20/11
Time in: 7:40 PM
Time out: 9:17 PM
Servers' recommendations: Pork cheek, spicy marinated tuna, fried shrimp with sea salt, cheese hamburg
What we ordered: Fried shrimp, potato salad, simmered radish in broth, flavored rice with braised pork in a kettle with half cooked egg, fried mochi, spicy shrimp, mini cheese hamburg, custard, shiratama zenzai
Number in our party: 3 (Aki as guest critic today)
Final check amount: $61.41
  • All the dishes were excellent.  The fried shrimp, potato salad, simmered radish, flavored rice, and desserts were particularly delicious.
  • Portions are pretty tiny, so you have to order a bunch of things.  We actually had already had dessert and then decided to order more savory because we were still hungry.
  • Always come here for dinner.  Lunch doesn't even compare! 
  • The music is a nice, quiet jazz.
  • Jenne really likes the azuki in the shiratama zensai, and she usually does not favor red bean paste. (Guys, this was no-kidding delicious --J)
Address: 3860 Convoy St, Ste 110
Phone number: 858.279.0941
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: Crowded lot with teeny spaces.
Ideal group size: 1-4.  (4 would be the maximum.  It's a good idea to make a reservation if you're coming for dinner.)
Available vegetarian options: Onigiri...maybe?  If you eat fish, you'll be fine, but if not don't bother.
Who not to bring: Vegetarians.
Noise level: 2


  1. What's up guys?! Ready for the New Year? I agree dinner by far is where Okan shines. Also their lunch sides lately have been creeping up in price. I like that I usually can be in and out in 30mins though.

  2. Hey Dennis! Happy New Year to you too!

    We thought the lunch at Okan was fine, but it kind of seems like an afterthought.
    Maybe if they gave us potato salad we would be into it. :-)