Izakaya Haru Ulala – Funky Urban Japanese bar food in Little Tokyo

Fresh raw oysters, grilled mackerel, grilled squid, and sushi….Oh my, it’s all mine!

Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles is developing into a funky urban community. With all these changes, it’s no wonder why I don’t see that this tourist destination is “touristy” any more. There are a lot of nice boutiques that sell Asian clothes, a few art galleries, lots of places to watch live music, and a ton of funky urban Japanese restaurants, bars, and bistros to choose from. My all-time favorite place to eat in Little Tokyo is still Izakaya Haru Ulala aka Haru Haru Ulala. Why? Because this place is still a Local Only joint and they serve the best inexpensive seafood, sushi, and sashimi for lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, and those pesky late night cravings that come out of nowhere.
My foodie buddies and I knew that getting decent late night grub is always the best at   Izakaya Haru Ulala. It’s a convenient short drive or walk from the Los Angeles Music Center with service that is fast and friendly. The menu has a small variety of every Japanese bar food available and the prices are very reasonable (from $2 to $12 each item). Oh, and the portions…They are not skimpy.
I love ordering my favorites….
A plate of three fresh raw Oysters for about $9.
Grilled Mackerel for about $6.
Grilled Squid for about $6.
When I’m really hungry, I also add the sushi rolls and the Okonomiyaki that can feed an army of hungry Foodies.
The plate of three fresh raw Oysters is pretty appetizing. At Izakaya Haru Ulala, they don’t skimp on the size of these natural aphrodisiacs. The oysters are big so just imagine how your libido will turn out. LOL. Just kidding! Seriously speaking, the portion size is good. A plate of oysters is actually enough to feed two people, which makes it a good appetizer.
The Grilled Mackerel is pretty darn cool looking when it arrives at the table. It’s so deliciously appetizing. It’s perfectly grilled, a little meaty, and a little fatty. I love each tasty morsel with a bite white rice and a touch of soy sauce. Hmmmm!
I think the best dish at Izakaya Haru Ulala is their Grilled Squid (or Calamari for those who are squeamish). The Grilled Squid is humongous!!! It’s a good thing that it’s cooked, because it would be a danger to all of us if it were alive. I absolutely LOVE this dish, because the squid is grilled whole. A few squeezes of lemon and a splash of soy sauce is all that I need to make this the perfect meal. I admit that it was very selfish me to not share when this dish came from the kitchen. My advice…make sure that you get your own. Seriously…don’t share.
Unfortunately, I was stuffed to my limit with no room for their awesome sushi and Okonomiyaki. But that’s okay, because it’s just my excuse to go back to Izakaya Haru Ulala. Maybe I’ll share the Grilled Squid with my foodie buddies this time. Uh, maybe not. Hmmm, let me think about it.
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