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RBTA Launches Casual Japanese Donburi Lunch Specials in Highland Park

Part of a larger casual Japanese lunch trend in LA

Donburi at RBTA, Highland Park
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Just like that, another Japanese rice bowl spot launches in LA, this time as part of RBTA’s casual new lunch menu in Highland Park. The limited menu starts tomorrow with a slate of Japanese comfort dishes: katsudon, oyakodon, and unadon, all using high-end Japanese rice. RBTA’s also throwing in a nice Hakata-style ramen bowl for $10 with a slow-cooked tonkotsu broth.

Just a few weeks back, Downtown LA found itself with a brand new donburi specialist in Takasan, which debuted in the heart of Financial District with sub $10 bowls. Chef Justin Baey, who hails from Singapore, bases the recipes on his travels to Japan and still visits Japan annually.

RBTA”s lunch ranges the same price points, with $9.50 okayodon made with chicken and eggs with a Tokyo-style dashi and rice. Unadon features enagi, or eel, grilled on the robata and than glazed with a sweet soy sauce and pickled ginger. The unadon runs a modest $15, which is pretty good considering the ingredients. Lunch service runs Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning tomorrow

RBTA. 5629 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA.