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Member Reviews (5)
- Cafe HiroMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Feb 12, 2014
I've been wanting to try this place for YEARS, but I never had a chance to make it out until now since I was actually in the area.
Considering it was a Sunday night, I wasn't expecting it to be to busy. However, I'm so glad my friend got there exactly at 7 to put our names down as a bunch of people lined up afterwards. When I arrived a little pass 7 we were immediately seated.
If we had more people I definitely would've ordered more but as it was us two and we weren't too hungry, we just ordered 2 entrees and saved room for dessert!
I got the Uni Spaghetti
It was as goooood, but it could've easily been better. I'll first have to admit that I never had cooked Uni before, but with raw Uni, the fresher it is the less "fishy" it is. Fresh Uni should be creamy and sweet. The spaghetti was cooked perfectly, the flavors were pretty good. The only problem was there was a bit of a fishy taste to it. I'm guessing that it's because it was Sunday and the Uni they had was a few days old. I will be trying it again, though I do want to try the other food as well. I just wish Cafe Hiro wasn't so far away from me :(
My friend on the other hand got the Chicken curry. I tried a spoonful of the curry and rice and thought it wasn't anything too special.
After that we still had some room so we tried the Panna Cotta.
Very tasty as well, though I think I tasted a bit of almond to it. Wish it had a bit more consistency to it. Though I would've licked it clean if I were by myself.
Overall, great food, great service and I wish this place were closer!
- Cafe HiroMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jan 19, 2014
Really cute hole in the wall joint and serves awesome japanese italian fusion cuisine :)
The first time I came here (pre-Yelp), we didn't know what to order and got the Pork Cutlet and the Bacon Carbonara pasta. We only thought the food was "alright" and didn't bother coming back since the prices were steep.
Now, 8 years later, I decided to make another visit to try and am so glad I did!
* Spinach and Uni Spaghetti - RICH, delicious, and SO decadent. Mix it well to get the maximum flavor. YUM.
* Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Mushroom Risotto - The sea bass was really tender, and the risotto was a little plain at first. But alternating bites between the Uni spaghetti and the risotto actually brought out and enhanced the mushroom flavor! Great combination if you're sharing!
* Green Tea Blanc Manger - This dish looks like green jello at first but dig and you'll find a very japanese dessert of green tea custard and red beans at the bottom. Very refreshing and has a deep matcha taste.
* Panna Cotta - YUM. I love panna cotta so I'm partial to it. Also very refreshing and not too sweet.
The salad and soup that comes with the meal are small portions but very tasty!
This location is in an unassuming plaza where CA Fish Grill and Carl's Jr is.
Parking can be kind of a bummer, but it's worth it.
- Cafe HiroMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 03, 2013
A hidden gem for sure!! Cafe Hiro deserves to be in a bigger more visible location, but they seem to have good business. Although one can't see it from Valley View, have faith that it's in the plaza. Parking lot is small, so I try to avoid busy hours.
Food: Awesome! Great Asian & Italian Fusion.
Service: Awesome! Team work!
Cleanliness: Awesome! Bathroom was nice.
Attention to detail: Awesome! All servers refilled our water.
Decor: Cute flower lights and painting on wall looks like Italian alley.
Came on a Sat night and it was well packed. We were sitting all the way in the end near the bathrooms, but were not neglected!! I saw about 4 different servers who waited our table. It was quite awesome actually. Every 10 mins, they would come over to check our table, refill our waters, and make sure we were doing ok. Although we had one main server taking our orders, the other servers would be attentive and serve our needs. Wow! No other restaurant has this kind of service. Usually, other servers neglect you even as small as refilling a customer's water because that server is not "responsible" for your table. Not so at Cafe Hiro. Everyone works as a team! Love it.
Food was great as always. The first time I came here I ordered the "Mentaiko" Spaghetti, which was awesome!! I love mentaiko so these spaghetti was just as good as I expected. Flavorful, salty and delicious!! This second time, I ordered the Eggplant & Mushrooms Spaghetti in a Garlic-Soy Sauce w/ Dried Bonito Shavings and Toasted Seaweed.. This was just as good too!! I asked for Sauteed Spinach on top just to make it *extra healthy* :)
(I was debating whether to get the Spicy Garlic Spaghetti with Spinach & Mushrooms, and our server said it was basically the same thing. The garlic sauce was the same on both spaghetti dishes.)
Curry was pretty good as well. Expect a more Japanese tasting curry rather than an Indian spice curry. Unlike other curry places like Curry House or CoCo, you cannot choose your spice level: mild-med-hot. But Cafe Hiro curry flavor is just fine. No need to change anything about it.
Here's what I mean by GREAT attention to detail & all-around AWESOME Customer Service. At the end of the meal, we had asked for separate checks. You know how when you get separate checks, there are too many copies with "Manufacturer Copy" & "Customer Copy". Well, these servers are S-M-A-R-T!!! To o avoid customer mistakes or confusion, they actually stapled the manufacturer copy onto the main check, so that you would only take home you "Customer copy" of the receipt. Now, it may be a small detail to you, but I take notice of these things. They make my life easier and I appreciate what they do to help us out because I'm one of those who is always double checking to make sure that I took home my copy and left the manufacturer copy on the table.
Now, if you look around, you will notice pieces of notable recognition on the wall from many media sources such as the LA TImes, OC Weekly, and others. It's very cool to read about how highly recognized this place is to so many other readers and customers.
Thank you Cafe Hiro for being consistent, being true to who you are, and for maintaining customer satisfaction. :)
- Cafe HiroOct 13, 2012
Two words... PEKING DUCK
Yum. Yum. That sold me to this place.
Very attentive. It could help that my friend was a regular and they knew his name and entire life. But hey! whatever works :D
We got lots of attention :D
I like the different spices and tastes they had. It was really good. The Peking Duck - and I don't really eat duck but man... this was good. I also got the Pork Katsu... pretty standard, but the sauce was good :D
Soup was BOMB :D Get it!
Plenty of parking.
Very cute restaurant. It's a hole in a wall.
- Cafe HiroFirst to ReviewAug 17, 2012
Came to check out this place at the recommendation of a friend and cuz it's really close to K's home..
The Beef Tongue stew I had the first time was good-- but K's risotto was too cheesey and slightly greasy too. Overall it was an ok experience... there was enough there for me to give it another try;
and this second try was just dessert-only night where we shared some walnut creme brulee (excellent sounding idea). However, we were even more disappointed this time. The creme brulee was way too buttery and probably the most liquidy creme brulee I had. It was almost like a thick soup with a layer of oil on top.
I'm tempted to give this place another shot because the menu is creative, the ambiance is good, and the service was good too. Execution of the food though has fallen below the mark.. If someone is up to try to change my mind-- I might give it one more shot..