I have been doing a fair amount of solo exploration in Torrance over the past couple of years. Three friends want to join me for a meal at the end of the month. I have some ideas, but would appreciate some discussion/feedback from the board. The only consideration is that one of my friends is a pescatarian. Other than that, they love to eat! Here are some places I am milling out in my head:
Kagura (been a few times myself: love it)
Kantaro (tried to go once by myself; was told I needed reservation; still intrigued)
Mitsua Food Court (I stop in here quite a bit lately; always happy making and I usually go the Hannosuke route)
Musha (been to the one in SaMo years ago; enjoyed it quite a bit at the time)
Nozomi (one time at a table and was kind of miserable; one time at the bar and the omakase made me crazy happy)
Torihei (went once, and really wished I had a gaggle of people to share dishes with)
Kagura and Torihei are great but lean heavily toward pork/chicken.
Nozomi is very pescatarian but it is sushi! Kinda subdued environment?
Mitsuwa food court is good - maybe too casual? What about alcohol?
Never been to Kantaro.
Our regular fall back for Japanese is I-naba - jack of all trades and very good at most things.
Sanuki no Sato gets little love here, but they’re pretty good for what they are and they have all the bases covered, including tatami rooms (call to find out reservation policy). If they weren’t in the South Bay, they’d be the best option in most other areas.
I live in Torrance so thanks for pointing out the good stuff here. Check out I-Naba, which has a terrific affordable tempura omakase. I love Torihei and Ichimiann. Otafuku is a short drive away in Gardena and worth checking out. Also Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, which is as good as their K-Town location. Love Jidaiya, especially their Tokyo ramen, which is lighter than other ramen.
I’ve bookmarked Izakaya Hachi a while back, should I make it back to the area next time for dinner. The things that look appealing to me are the pork shabu shabu, fresh oysters and some random things from pictures of their special boards. What are your personal favorites items there / must try for first timer / signatures?
Finish sake bottle (or two) and order shochu on the rocks. Mugi (Barley) for the more timid, imo (potato) for the more adventurous/experienced. During the summer, choose between on the rocks, mizuwari (mixed with water), or sodawari (mixed with soda)
Sorry if I misled anyone (@blimpbinge), these photos were swiped from Yelp to create a “virtual meal”.
I have not been to Hachi in a year or so…
The motsu nabe at Hachi is good, but most people head to Yamaya for motsu nabe.
They just got a facelift and menu update. Their manager Masa is excellent.
Highlights: mentaiko, washugyu (crossbreed of the Japanese Black Wagyu and American Black Angus, raised in Oregon), wagyu, grilled horumon, motsu nabe.