Westside Okonomiyaki

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Sawtelle is a Los Angeles heaven for Japanese business. We love exploring the markets, restaurants and nurseries that dot the street, offering us a glimpse of Japanese culture and cuisine.

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Love Bake, just two months old, is the latest addition to the area now officially called Japantown.

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The minuscule space in the Olympic Collection at the corner of Sawtelle and Olympic makes Okonomiyaki, a pancake or crepe filled with a variety of ingredients chose by customers.

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They also have a breakfast set that includes their standout side dishes.

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Love Bake’s original tangy salad of parmesan cheese, mayonnaise dressing, ham, cucumber and sprouts is delightful in its simplistic flavor profile that balances the ingredients.  This salad makes a great lunch served with their gluten free mini cheese bread/bagels.

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The small round puffy rolls are gluten free, served warm and are a melty, cheesy amalgamation with a texture similar to mochi.

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We explored Love Bake’s vegetable creations which are available in gluten free, spicy and an original version.

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The instructions are simple.  First choose the form, folded into a crepe or flat like a pancake.  Then choose the fillings from a list posted on the wall.

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We went with a spicy pancake incorporating cheese and garlic that packs a hot kick derived from a blend of Japanese spice powders.

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We also sampled a pancake with a mix of tender asparagus and creamy avocado.  The okonomiyaki are served with side bowls of Kewpie mayonnaise, ketchup, honey or brown mustard and a sweet, thick sauce made especially for the dish. We liked a smear of the sweet brown sauce mixed with mayo and also found the honey mustard a delightful addition.  We prefer these veggie disks crispier to add another layer of texture and will request that next time we visit.

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They also make their own light and refreshing yogurt serve alongside a rich honey and we drizzled to our hearts content. Love Bake gives us a taste of Japanese okonomiyaki on the westside while making us feel like we have been transported to Japan.

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Love Bake, 11301 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 122, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone – 310-478-7778          web site – lovebakela.com

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