Love, Love Teriyaki, Center Street

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This one came in from an Eat Salem reader this morning.

We tried out the new Love Love over by Target.

I had the Chicken Teriyaki and he had Prawn Tempura. The chicken was cooked just right, moist, nice touch of grill char. But the sauce was added after the fact and too sweet for my taste. The rice was, well rice. We had both white/sticky and 'fried', though the fried wasn't really, but had a little seasoning and a few frozen peas and carrots. The prawns dish was very good while it was hot. The token oriental salad that came with each plate was good, crisp, tasty. I would order a big salad next time, with the grilled chicken sans sauce.

The service was tops. And nice atmosphere. We actually lingered and talked.

Evergreen Plaza next to Target
3802 Center St. NE

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have only one question. Were there any Japanese people working there, especially cooking the food???

Anonymous said...

The owner who was gracious enough to tell us about how LOVE LOVE came to be, IS 100% japanese, He was VERY helpful, and I saw 3 other japanese men in the back
AWESOME FOOD, and I tend to agree about the sauce being a bit too sweet for my taste!

Anonymous said...

i always order the hot-spicy chicken, and i dont find that sauce too sweet. it is spicy though, they arent kidding. delicious!! their gyoza (pot-stickers) are the BEST IN TOWN. the best i've tried from any asian food place in salem! nice work love love!

jeff said...

Try the onion rings... tempura onion rings, yum!

This is owned by the same couple as the one out in the Sunnyslope Shopping Center on Liberty, the one in the Fred Meyers North parking lot on Broadway is owned by an in-law.

All of them are good, and I like the fact that they add the sauce afterwards - you can ask them not to and sauce it to your personal specifications.

Anonymous said...

Hey, these Love Love places are great!

Cheap, Clean, Good service, and very good food, for fast food, and that's what it is, fast food.

I would rather give these people my money, ANY DAY rather than to McDonalds! Which, I never eat at anyway.

I don't give a D--- if they are Japanese, Chinese, Italian, or Swedish!!! They do pretty good Teriyaki.

Their rice is good, sticky...Their pot stickers are very good too. I give them very high marks for what they are, and what they do.

Speaking of marks. How about a rating system on this page? You know, something like from one to ten. Or one to five stars? Maybe some type of rating for the food, one for the service, one for the ambiance??? That way, if someone has terrific food, but lousy service, we would be know what we are in for! Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Ramen Ichiban still has ten times better fast food style "Authentic Japanese Food." Although Love, Love claims to be "Authentic" on its menu those who know what good Japanese food should be like will agree that Ramen Ichiban fullfills that.
I agree with the chain remarks. But the last two times I have had Love, Love I ended up throwing it out. Maybe I just have higher standards even if it is fast food. They should take pride in what they serve.

Anonymous said...

Despite peoples concerns towards the ethnicity of the owners, the food is delicious. I have eaten at several different oriental diners (regardless of the chefs themselves—I’m talking about the overall theme of the place) in Oregon, and by far my favorite comes down to Soba (downtown Salem) and Love Love Teriyaki. My significant other loves Ramen Ichiban however when I ordered their teriyaki dish, the rice was hard and not sticky at all, the meat was charred and tasted as though they merely splashed it with flavor.

I don’t know how you eat, if you crave the thick steamed, with large strips of chicken that are moist, and packed with flavor, and then Love Love is the place to go.


This is an opinion on the teriyaki dish, Ramen Ichiban may specialize in Ramen--but no one tops teriyaki flavored delights like Love Love.

Anonymous said...

The love love in north salem is owner in n.salem happens to be the older sister of the owner in s.salem. she came up with the love salad dressing. not him. who gives a s--- if there's japanese or not. it's the best damn teriyaki you can find! i've been to many other places and love loves in NORTH SALEM, tops them all.

angelinawax said...

Not sure why, but the Love Love Teriyaki in Keizer has way better food than the one on Center.

My usual is the Love Love Salad, with a side order of Tempura Prawns. Yummy. I love their food.

But I can easily spend $25+ on food for my family [of 2.5], and still be left hungry, lol. Call me fat ;]

Anonymous said...

Love Love has great onion rings and their tempura is fabulous. My mom ordered the miso soup and it was the best and they give you a huge serving for a great price. If you're ever in Monmouth, try Rice Time. They have FABULOUS terryaki chicken!!!

Anonymous said...

This is so stupid! I can't believe how petty some people are. If Japanese people don't want to eat there, who cares. I think they have great food, great service, great value, great ambiance and I will continue to go there. Personally, I wonder if you (the one who keeps bashing Love Love) don't work for the competition because your bashing is unfounded and immature.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE this place. Great food consistantly.. Get the love, love salad..Dressing recipe is top secret and to die for.

Anonymous said...

oh good call.... i love the love love salad! that dressing is amazing. i want one right now.

Anonymous said...

Just in...Well love love in North salem is just the Best, i mean they Created the Love Dressing,and even their website is better looking, u could actually see the pics, online,lol.!!!!
www.loveloveteriyaki2.com

Bryan said...

Just love this place. Ambiance is great and the food is better.

Anonymous said...

any idea on nutritional value? i eat the love salad with spicy chicken and would like to know the calories.

Anonymous said...

The love dressing was created by the older sister who own the Keizer [N.Salem] location. She recently changed the recipe for her restaurant and it now contains 1/3 less fat and calories. I couldn't even tell the difference. She estimates 60 calories an oz. with about a 4oz serving per Love Salad. You can always ask for the dressing on the side and use just what you need too! As for salad greens, you can assume negative calories. The spicy chicken can't be too bad. I would estimate about 550 calories for a spicy chicken love salad in total. Even if it were 700 calories, it would be a lot better than any salad from applebees or red robin.

Anonymous said...

Understand that the owners of the North Salem, Love Love are taking over Young's Teriyaki in downtown Salem. Should be open before Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I went to the new downtown location yesterday and they are indeed open now, the menu seems to have quite a bit more things on it than the one by the lancaster mall (the only one i've really been to lately) and I was told by the workers that this location is owned by the same people as the keizer / albany ones (never been to either).

Mike said...

We get take out from the south love love frequently. I've been to the downtown LL two times this week and the food was excellent. Teriyaki chicken, spicy chicken bowls, and the salad. All very very good. I've been a Fuji rice time devotee for years, but this is significantly better. The quality of the meat really stands out.

They did a very nice job with the remodel too. It's a real comfortable space.

Highly recommended.

Mike

Scott K said...

I am sorry to say, my experience was not a good one. we tried it twice just to make sure no one was having a bad day. the second time the food was cold. I asked them to fix it, and three minutes later a young man slammed the bowl on the table no even within reach, and then walked away. I complained and the excuse was my arms are to short to reach across the table. He was the manager! I have now called and tried to locate the owner three time and am told she is not available yes I have had no response. I was hoping to give them the benefit of doubt, but no longer.

Anonymous said...

Liberty street's meals are so hot they almost melt the styrofoam clamshell they put it in. I eat at the liberty street one about once a week and have never been disappointed.

Gwen Groomes said...

Does anyone have any ideas on what is in the dressing??? I don't live close so I can't get it as often as I'd like!

Dawn said...

Regarding the fabulous dressing, I'm not saying that this is how Love-Love's makes it but I've reproduced the dressing at home using about equal parts teriyaki sauce and rice vinegar, a splash of toasted sesame oil, and then (Warning: authenticity police might not like this part) mayonnaise. Just keep adding it until the color and consistency are right. I make it at home all the time now, although nothing beats picking up a take-out order of Love Salad with Spicy Chicken.

dinnersforwinners said...

I think they definitely keep their fabulous salad dressing a secret but I took a crack at it myself, recipe here on my blog:

http://dinnersforwinners.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/asian-chicken-salad-with-orange-miso-dressing/

Good luck :)