We ve been going to Tokyo Lobby for years. The original owners were Japanese, the new owners are Koreans. Undoubtedly, Japanese make the best Japanese food. The quality has gone down but we still go there because the food is okay and there isn t much better in the area. If you don t mind driving a bit, you can find better Japanse food in Monterey Park. Try Tahei or Osho.
good food, service - ehh but still i am never disapointed that i stop going.
ALTHOUGH I would recomend not going in large groups, the service was horrible when we wen't with about 10 ish people, but overall average
Took my family of four here for dinner on Oct. 28, 2008. It was a huge disappointment. The rice was dry and not sitcky whatsoever. It tasted like long grain rice, not Japanese sticky rice. I ordered the G special which included chicken teriyaki. The chicken was fatty and appeared to be old pieces of chicken thigh. One of my daughters ordered a combo with fried chicken and teriyaki chicken, her teriyaki chicken looked like old pieces of fatty chicken thigh also. She tasted it and left the rest of it. My husband ordered the 8 piece California roll. Have you ever seen or had California Roll made with long grain rice instead of Japanese rice? My other daugther ordered chicken katsu. It was deep fried too long, the outside was too crispy and the chicken dry. Quality of the food has really gone down. We should have realized it when we walked in and there were no other customers. We didn't know it changed owners. When our bill came, it included charges of $1.29 for three of us. We had no idea what these charges were for since the bill didn't denote it. I guess it might be for the sorry small pot of hot tea they brought to our table since the 4th person only requested water. The least they could do is refill our tea pot if the owner is going to nickel and dime us without letting customers know what the charges are for.
All in all, our bill of over $60 was not worth the meal. We loved the food there in the past. My hard-earned money would have been better spent elsewhere and my family would have had a better quality meal. By the way, when we left at 7:00 p.m., there was another family of 2 there for dinner. No other customers.
Wake up new owners! If you're going to claim to be a Japanese restaurant, then serve real Japanese food. You can start with the rice.
This place used to be really awesome, but recently I went there and the prices were a lot higher and the food was not as good. I then learned that the place had been sold to new owners. Now I understand. I probably will not go there anymore, but I am glad to hear the one in San Gabriel is still owned by the original owners.
I'm Japanese and admit that I am picky about my Japanese food. Nothing beats Grandma's cooking or the food I have eaten traveling across Japan. But there are places in California which are authentic...this is not one of them.
I have eaten here several times over the years. At best the food is ok. The inari is not bad...the tempura itself is authentic but the dipping sauce is not flavorful as it should be. The curry is bland and disappointing. The katsu is not bad but the sauce tastes like it's from a bottle. The sushi is decent but lacks the flavor impact I seek. The noodles are passable but not memorable. The teriyaki chicken and beef are ok.
The best curry I have had outside of Tokyo is from Hurry Curry of Tokyo which has locations in Pasadena and West Los Angeles. If you live hear Haciend Heights try Foo Foo Tei on Clark in Hacienda Heights. They have another location on Atlantic in Monterey Park. They have a pretty good curry. The ramen reminds me of Tokyo, many styles and a choice of broth. They also have teriyaki and tempura which are also both good.
Other resturants are Wahoo in Monterey Park, and Aki on Santa Monica Blvd in West Los Angeles.
The new owners are Korean. This gem of a restaurant has been turned into a Korean eatery with the Tokyo Lobby name in an attempt to fool unsuspecting diners. It won't work - the food is lousy and the interior remodel has destroyed the Japanese charm this restaurant had. I was a regular at Tokyo Lobby, and now find myself searching the Hacienda Heights area for a genuine Japanese restaurant.
Pros: awesome food, decent prices, great service; the same food servers, maitre d', chefs.. have been there forever!
Cons: i wish they open earlier than 5:30pm for dinner! but it's worth the wait.
Just look at the old photo album menus, they're well worn. And yes, the food Does taste as good as they look in the photos :o)
Oh and the take-out is just as good too! Call ahead, and you won't have to wait as long. The locals Know this place is good, weekends are busy.