If you haven’t experienced Yakitori, Japanese open-fire cooking, there’s a great experience to be had at The Back House, the recently opened add-on to Burbank’s Asian Fusion restaurant Wokcano. Prices start at $1.95 (two shitake mushrooms on a skewer).
However, don’t think you’re going to get the experience for a song. My guest and I left the place with our wallets $73 dollars lighter, but it was well worth the bank account drain.
To say the ambience is minimal would be a huge understatement. But the aesthetics are easily forgiven when you wrap your mouth around the items that come on a stick — filet mignon, chicken breast with green onion, zucchini, salmon, shrimp or tuna. For the more adventurous skewer-lover, there are chicken cartilage, pork belly, or quail eggs on a stick.
My hands-down favorite is the salmon skewer ($2.25). I ordered two, and was sad when the final bit of fish went down my gullet. I found the filet mignon to be absolutely mouth-watering, and my palate further forgave me when I offered it the skewered scallops: small, but scrumptious. As for the mushrooms, the shitakes didn’t disappoint, with just the right combination of seasoning and hints of marinade in red wine.