A Vegas transplant, this Cahuenga Boulevard Asian-inspired burger bar is swathed in reds and blacks and teeming in hipness.
Funk music blasts, the open garage door onto the Boulevard lets the street become part of the Bohemian charm and the convivial servers add to the casually fun vibe.
The Monster has come specifically for the Chicken Katsu “Crispy Chicken” sandwich. Panko crusted chicken with shredded cabbage, katsu sauce and crack sauce along with a side of fried pickles.
What might tempt you? Perhaps a Buta “Bacon Burger” a Fuku-patty topped with Tillamook Cheddar, Applewood smoked bacon, pickled red onions, pickled red ginger, Japanese BBQ sauce and wasabi mayo. Or maybe the Tamago “Egg Burger” is more your speed, what with its fried egg, crispy onions, teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo.
You may pair your burger with sides and appetizers like pork skewers, edamame hummus or jazz fries which are garlic fries topped with brown gravy and crack sauce.
The sandwich arrives and it is a monster. This is going to get messy. And messy it is, because while the sandwich is delicious it is also over-sauced. The crack sauce may be tasty but a more judicious application would be nice. Death by sauce is the word at Fuku.
As for the fried pickles, this version just does not work terribly well. The fried coating a touch greasy, the pickle taste lost beneath it given the manner in which the pickles have been sliced. Neither of the dipping sauces do much to save this rendition of a Monster favorite.
All in all think of Fuku as Umami’s less accomplished but still worthwhile cousin and pop in when the burger cravings hit.
Why go? Fuku!
Monster rating: 3/5 Monsters
1634 Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028