Fat Spoon is open in Little Tokyo

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Fat Spoon, a curry and pasta joint, opened in downtown’s Little Tokyo this week, the third restaurant in this area from owner Michael Cardenas, a founder of Innovative Dining Group. The restaurant is on the smaller side with a handful of tables in the front and a counter in the back with a view of the open kitchen, boldly decorated in black and white with waiters zipping by in bright red shirts.

The menu is eclectic, with selections priced under $12: fusion dishes like pasta tossed with salted cod roe, cream, and dried seaweed and shiso; Caesar salad with tofu dressing; and, of course, Japanese curry -- pork, chicken, seafood, vegetable or beef.

There are also a myriad of side dishes including mini corn dogs with Japanese sausages, mashed potatoes, caponata and more. For dessert, diners can choose ice cream, tiramisu, pudding or chocolate parfait.

Wash down your meal with Ramune (a Japanese soft drink) or a Japanese beer, shochu or sake. Fat Spoon is open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11a.m. to midnight.


329 E 1st St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-7890.


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--Leah Rodrigues

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