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Da Ala Cart moves into Lotus Downtown


Photo courtesy of Mike Prasad

Have you heard of Da Ala Cart? The tiny food truck that served some of the best grilled food on sticks: pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, musubi stuffed with pork and miso? It's now moved operations into the bar and club Lotus Downtown, serving skewers late night (10 p.m. and on) Wednesday to Saturday. Owner Chris Kazunori Quisote started the truck about a year and a half ago when, disillusioned with his old job, he devoted his energy to recreating the pleasures of kushiyaki (skewer grilled food). It's a taste that lingers in his mind from when he lived in Japan for ten years. "I like the simplicity and the way the coals bring out the best taste of the natural ingredients," Quisote says.

He uses grills imported from Japan—long, rectangular ones that accommodate skewers and which simulate the heat from coals while also dispersing the heat more evenly than American grills. The grill, coupled with Quisote's careful sourcing and cooking, result in some amazing bites: abalone, garlic salmon musubi, gyu tan (beef tongue).

For now, the truck is off the streets while Quisote serves his food out of Lotus, but he hopes to bring the truck back at some point.

Get updates on Twitter @daalacart
Kushiyaki at Lotus Downtown, starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 34 N. Hotel St., 888-3928

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