Did I Love, Love, Love?

It's been awhile since my last time eating at Love Love Teriyaki in the Sunnyslope Plaza next to Roth's. New this time, is an expanded dining room and a couple of high definition plasma screen monitors playing a rotation of photos of menu items. It seems like everywhere I go these days they have a jumbo tron playing commercials in my peripheral vision. At least here I'm not driving. The dining room was nicely done and is seamless with the original restaurant space. But on this visit I was getting it to go. The service was quick, much better than I remember from the last visit where one employee was handling take out and table service. A stream of customers came in and were helped promptly.
The take out teriyaki was a full portion for $6.95 and it came with an equally large amount of rice. I wish it was more generous with the flavor. You really need to douse it with the extra serving of sauce to enjoy the teriyaki flavor. The Beef Yakisoba, for $8.50, was even less desirable. As soon as I opened the styrofoam lid, I was disappointed by the soggy vegetables and soupy sauce. I'm glad that it didn't spill out in my car. The beef wasn't too beefy and the noodles, not to notable. Next time, I'll remember to read my own review where I commented similarly about the food.

503-371-3000
4555 Liberty Rd S, #250



Reviewed on 9/6/07
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jeff said...
Love Love Teriyaki, out in the Sunnyslope shopping center. You won't be disappointed. There is one in the strip mall on the far side of the North Salem Fred Myers as well, run by relatives of the original.August 16, 2007 9:34 AM


When you walk into Love, Love Teriyaki next to Roth's on South Liberty, there is a sign next to the door that says "Help Wanted." That is an understatement, it should read "Help Desperately Needed." On a week night, one young woman at the front was taking walk in orders, answering the phone, serving food, busing tables, and bagging food to go. The gal was doing the best that one person could possibly do but she was overwhelmed at times. One of those times was when our food was ready. She brought two of the four dinners we ordered before the phone rang and a customer needed help at the counter. We sat and waited for her to finish up before we got the rest of our dinners. I don't understand why someone in the kitchen couldn't just bring out our food and serve it while it was still hot. I hope the owners don't take this as criticism of their cashier because she was put in an impossible situation and handled it very professionally. As for the food, my wife ordered the Spicy Vegetables with Chicken for $7.50. That dinner came out steaming hot and was pretty good. It was a full plate served with rice and just spicy enough that a drink nearby came in handy. I made the mistake of ordering the Teriyaki Beef plate, a mistake that I made last time I was there. The beef didn't have much flavor so I doused it with soy sauce. This made it much more edible and I did eat all of it. Next time I go back to Love, Love I will have to reread my review so I can remember what not to order and get it to go.





15 comments:

EazyMoney said...

One of my favorites. The chicken and pork are great also.. and the shrip tempura are awesome.

K & N said...

Oh yeah! Gotta love, love those spicy vegetables! Were you sad she didn't share with you?
They kept the same help for a long stretch awhile back, but haven't seemed to be successful in that area for several months.

D.Lamkid said...

Go to the Love Love out North. And go during the lunch menu time.

I have never gotten a bad meal there, and service is good.

The lunch time menu is an extremely good value.

momoffive said...

Best pot stickers ever!

Anonymous said...

its absolutely true, they have the best gyoza in town. i was surprised that my orders seemed to come out of the kitchen faster than from most fast food joints... i wasnt sure how i felt about that at first, but the food is always piping hot and consistently delicious. amazing, actually. if you're hungry, you wont have to wait. the service is really friendly, i like that too. it's so affordable and one of their takeout dinners will last me two meals at least. lunch leftovers for tomorrow! love love is the best!

guy who loves to eat said...

One of the worst Japanese restaurants that I have tried. I didn't even see a Japanese person working there. They should take the name "Authentic Japanese" off there menus and signs. Its sad to see that people in Salem don't have too many other options.
If you want a real Japanese fast foo, Try RAMEN ICHIBAN. They even have Japanese people working there. The food is truly Authentic and they have competitive prices.

Oso said...

The new Love Love south of Lancaster Mall is pretty upscale...hanging lights, a bit of art, & flat panel tvs that show you the menu.
Perhaps the upscale theme is paid for with the new higher prices (well, new since we were gone from Salem for 2 years).

***The new Sweet & Sour Chicken was hit & miss. A perfectly-fried chicken breast, cut into pieces....then they had the nerve to top it with sweet & sour sauce out of a packet...literally that sugary crap that you get with most take-out Chinese. Love Love makes an EXCELLENT teriyaki sauce, so it's an insult to pay good money & get cheap sauce.

Anonymous said...

ANYBODY KNOW OF ANY GOOD JAPANESE RESTURANTS IN SALEM? I did not have high expectations when I went in to love love teriyaki and it still sucked. I've been to Momiji, Fuji (Ricetime), and Ramen Ichiban they were all ok. Fuji had decent Sushi for Salem, and Ramen Ichiban had good authentic take out food. Would love to eat at a Japanese restaurant that's actually owned and ran a Japanese family who knows how to cook.

Anonymous said...

you might want to remember that the owners of the love loves in lancaster and s. salem ARE DIFFERENT than the owners of the keizer and albany locations...though it is a family business.

Anonymous said...

loved it.. great atmosphere and food. I'm trying to find the number so I can order for my entire staff. I liked the christian music and found that the food- super yummy. Thank you Love Love for opening up on ourside of the town. - Do you suppose that at McDonalds in Japan there's a bunch of Americans serving the food? Who cares who the server's our it's all menus and recipes..

Anonymous said...

Yes, they absolutely are the Mcdonalds of "Authentic" Asian Food. Just as I cant stand Mcdonalds, my Japanese girlfriend cant stand love love. Thanks for trying to say the words I couldn't come up with.

Texas Ambassador said...

I've eaten at the one at Sunnyslope Shopping Center many times. I've never been disappointed.

Anonymous said...

so. the yakisoba at the love love #2 in n. salem taste wayyyy better than the at the s. salem location.

Dsperin said...

I've never eaten here, but I have eaten at the Teriyaki House on Liberty by Office Depot. Very very good. The shrimp tempura are taxed though (2 @ $3.50). Not bad prices either.

Anonymous said...

Seems like they are playing annoying christian music every time I go into this place and there is a severe lack of any vegetarian options.