In a nondescript San Gabriel strip mall sits a nondescript Japanese restaurant with a bizarre description of a sign and logo.
Ducks Restaurant (1381 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel) does not serve duck. It is a curry house that also offers a few other traditional Japanese sets.
The name of the restaurant makes zero sense, save the few "ducks" that adorn the interior. But even those don't make sense. My quotation marks are pointedly placed. As Little Monkey Niece aptly noted, the "ducks" looked more like geese.
LMN: Goose! Goose!
LMN's Mom: No, sweetie those are ducks.
Monkey: I'm with LMN. Those are totally geese.
I should've taken a close-up for you to judge for yourself. Trust me, though. They looked like geese. LMN is one smart little cookie.
Tough times call for tough prices. I loved this incredibly formal, terribly mangled explanation.
Notwithstanding its odd ode to waterfowl, Ducks Restaurant has surprisingly decent food. I ordered a Calpico to accompany my meal. I love Calpico. I drank a ton of it the summer I lived in Taiwan. If you like pinkberry, you'll probably enjoy Calpico.
We shared some fried fish cake ($3.75). Not my favorite generally, but it was good for what it was.
Mr. Monkey chose the B-Set Dinner Special ($15.95) -- a mini ten-don and udon.
I opted for the C-Set Dinner Special ($15.95) -- mini katsu-don and ten-don and some shredded cabbage and miso soup.
Everything I ate was tasty enough. Not outstanding. Not bad. I don't think dinner merits the prices charged, but the lunch menu looks pretty reasonable. If you go, I say go for lunch.