One of the many perks of calling Los Angeles home is experiencing ideal weather year round. AVA Little Tokyo celebrates this with various outdoor community spaces intended to inspire, engage, and relax residents. Savor a cocktail and take a dip in the swimming pool area. Artfully landscaped and surrounded by casual seating, this is the perfect spot to throw a party, meet some of your neighbors, and get a little sun while practicing your backstroke. If swimming isn’t your thing, you can always pamper yourself in the luxurious spa room.
In addition to a pool and spa, AVA Little Tokyo also hosts 3 outdoor courtyards with fire pits for a BBQ and dining areas to socialize in. These are great spots for those California warm summer nights. On the sixth floor deck you can take in the dramatic Los Angeles skyline and do a bit of stargazing. After watching stars in the sky, enjoy some stars on the movie wall or just get cozy near the fireplace while having a nightcap at the social bar.
Get Your Nom On In Little Tokyo
Whether you are searching for vegan sushi or roasted bone marrow, residents of AVA Little Tokyo are near some of the best restaurants in the city. Catering to all different tastes and budgets, the options are endless and easily accessible by foot. Here are a just a few delicious eateries to check out in the neighborhood.
Located in Japanese Village Plaza, Fickle and The Sandwich Smith share one space and both offer fresh and seasonal inspired dishes. By day, The Sandwich Smith serves sandwiches, pastries and salads. By night, Fickle caters to contemporary American cuisine with a diverse menu that changes throughout the seasons. Be sure and try the avocado fries and don’t miss the happy hour specials from 5 – 7 PM.
It will come as no surprise that Little Tokyo is home to numerous ramen centric restaurants but Daikokuya is legendary. This cozy ramen bar is wildly popular due to its authentic rich and creamy pork broth. While you wait for a table, be sure and walk a short block to Fugetsu-Do to try some mochi. This family owned sweet shop is considered one of the oldest eating establishments in Los Angeles and makes fantastic deserts.
For those craving a burger and a whiskey, the Escondite is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. This kitschy western themed bar has live music and a patio with a gorgeous view of downtown Los Angeles. The burgers here are excellent and can also be substituted with vegetarian options. Be sure and come for the happy hour specials from 5 – 8 PM. Cocktails are $4 and craft draft beers are $5.
If you’re searching for a great lunch spot, Spitz serves delicious “street cart style” Turkish fare in a casual and hip environment. “Home of the Doner Kebab”, the wraps and street cart fries here are fantastic and the sangria is always fresh. Make sure to catch some of the DJ nights happening on Fridays and Saturdays.
Finally, there is no shortage of great sushi in Little Tokyo. If you want to go the old school route, Sushi Go 55 has an excellent and shockingly affordable sushi bar. The lunch deals cannot be beat and the happy hour (5:30 – 7 PM) gets you $4 beer and half priced sake. Sushi Gen is a bit more upscale but also has a great lunch deal. You can enjoy a filling sashimi dinner for $15. For vegans and vegetarians, Shojin is perfection. This completely organic, vegan, and macrobiotic restaurant uses tofu and tempeh instead of wheat-based faux meats.
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Making Homemade Ramen at Your AVA Little Tokyo Apartment
Making Japanese style ramen at home is much easier than you think. Living in Little Tokyo you have easy access to many different kinds of delicious ramen. But after a while all those nights of eating out can start adding up. Making ramen at home is affordable and knowing how to prepare it can come in handy if you want to impress your friends at a dinner party. Whether you enjoy miso, shio, or even vegetarian ramen, these following recipes can help you create your own ramen right in the comfort of your AVA Little Tokyo apartment.
For a traditional-style minced pork ramen, check out this recipe from Lady and Pups, which uses white and red miso paste to make a flavorful and spicy miso-broth. The list of ingredients can seem intimidating, but it is super simple to prepare. Serve alongside some steamed edamame or fried chicken to round out the meal. For some of the harder to find ingredients head to Nijiya Market or Marukai, both conveniently located right in Little Tokyo.
Finding good vegetarian ramen recipes can be hard since traditional ramen is made by stewing pork bones and other animal products. But this recipe from Canadian Living offers a great vegetarian alternative to make your own homemade ramen soup. This recipe is largely mushroom based but you can also add in thinly sliced carrots, corn, or even a handful of greens on top. If you are vegan, just omit the eggs. To make this recipe even easier, look for fresh noodle packs in your Japanese grocery store. Just boil them for a few minutes and they are ready to go! There is no need to buy dry ramen especially with the abundance of local Asian markets in and around the downtown area.
If you are looking for a place to get all your ramen bowls, spoons and maybe even a set of chopsticks, try Mitsuwa Market, or Marukai. If all goes well, you should be eating your own homemade ramen in no time at all with these simple recipes. If it didn’t turn out quite how you had planned, don’t worry; try Daikokuya or Orochon ramen which is also located right near your AVA home in Little Tokyo. Both are amazing, and highly rated!
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