If you’ve had dinner at Tsubaki in Echo Park at any point during the last six months, you no doubt noticed the construction of their second restaurant, Ototo, next door. It’s open now, and after a meal there last week, we can safely say this casual Japanese spot is one of the more exciting restaurants to open this year. This is the kind of place where you roll in with a few friends on a Tuesday, have too much sake (their drinks menu comes with a table of contents), share a bunch of plates of haricots verts, sweet and sour fried chicken, and panko fried oysters, then do it all again on Friday.
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Tsubaki is a new Japanese spot in Echo Park and one of the better izakaya experiences in the city.
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