The last few weeks there must have been some sort of weird foodie-awesome-mercury-retrograde thing going on, because this is the second time in two weeks we discovered the most amazing food in the most unexpected of places.
Long story short, we decided to do some take-out last night and found a highly-rated restaurant called Del Rey Kitchen on Yelp!.
Based on the pictures users posted on Yelp!, we came to the conclusion the go-to food to order in Del Rey Kitchen was both the Spicy Caviar Itameshi Pasta and the Samurai Steak.
When we went to pick up the food, we found the restaurant to be located in a very innocuous strip mall, across the street from a storage place, on the fringe of a quiet neighborhood, beside a local neighborhood bar… you get our point – surprisingly low key.
Here’s a full description from Del Rey Kitchen’s official website:
Del Rey Kitchen is a cozy, casual neighborhood restaurant specializing in authentic old-school Japanese Yoshoku, Itameshi, and Izakaya dishes, as well as new-skool Cal-Asian comfort food. Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable dining with friendly, sincere service in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Del Rey Kitchen is the first restaurant from longtime friends Chef Satoru Yokomori (Honda-ya, Chiba, Sawtelle Kitchen) and GM Michael Yee.
To be honest, our expectation of the food wasn’t very high, because you know – it was take out.
But we were pleasantly surprised when we took our first bite of the Samurai Steak (which we coincidentally finished in like 2 minutes). It was tasty, perfectly prepared and hit the spot. We know it would have been 10% better if we ordered and ate it in the restaurant though.
The real belle of the ball, however, was the Spicy Caviar Itameshi Pasta.
That shit was a taste explosion. In fact, we dare say it was one of the best things we have ever put into our mouths (including that one time we were at that one rave in San Bernardino around 2002). It was so good we had to eat it for breakfast the following morning, as soon as we woke up.
Needless to say, we’re going back.
We’ve been eyeballing their menu since last night and the next thing on our hit list is going to be their signature Hamburg Steak (with a side of the Caviar Pasta, of course).
For more information on the Del Rey Kitchen in Marina del Rey, CA, you can check out their official website at http://delreykitchen.com.