Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Loft

You call this butterfish?

I had my eye on the lau lau since it advertised that it had butterfish in it, just like small kid time. It's hard to find butterfish in lau lau anymore, most restaurants will tell you its too expensive to make it that way. The places that do have butterfish use a very small piece that is mostly fat and very little meat. I know that the butterfish is really only there to help flavor the pork, which usually has little to no flavor on its own. But, the amount of butterfish that the Loft uses in their lau lau is a joke. It's about the size of a small Band-Aid, and is all fat. Ho, da stingy buggah's can't even put a decent amount of fish in da lau lau. I almost wen give em da stink eye. As a whole, the butterfish was under seasoned and was sorely lacking some salt. It was a pretty decent sized lau lau, but the mysterious butterfish was still missing.

The bacon fried rice was not all that special. There were big pieces of bacon, but it was under cooked and not crispy. It also had a strange taste to it, like old oil had been used in the dish. This version of bacon fried rice was just tired and uninspiring. With all of the framed pieces around the restaurant endorsing "ohana", this isn't the kind of food you would feed your family.

All in all, I don't think I'd make a special trip here. I have heard that the Cypress location is better, but I've only eaten at the Torrance location, which was better.

The Loft
20157 Pioneer Blvd.
Cerritos, CA 90715
(562) 402-3538


Wandering Chopsticks said...

Butterfish is pricey. And it's recently trendy so it's even harder to find at a good price.

Vegasbuff said...


I understand that butterfish is pricey and that's why many restaurants don't even put it in their lau lau anymore. It's just my opinion that if you're going to advertise that you have butterfish in your lau lau at least put a decent sized piece in it. I just felt like I was getting teased, LOL.

Chubbypanda said...

The Loft is just bad mojo all around. I've eaten lunch at the one in Huntington a few times. Sadness. Much sadness.

Vegasbuff said...


I ate at the Torrance location a few years ago and it wasn't that bad. I've heard that the Cypress location is better, but based on this visit I'm not too sure that I want to give it another go.