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Best Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles and Torrance

Hello, my name is Norio Hayakawa, with the CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE

I live in Torrance, California, a city with probably one of the largest

concentration of Japanese and Japanese Americans in California. I also
work daily near Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles. Therefore, I am quite

familiar with good restaurants near my workplace and also near my home.

Here are my top, highly recommended Japanese restaurants in the Little
Tokyo section of Los Angeles:

1) SUSHI GO 55, located on the third Floor of Mitsuwa Building, 333 S.

Alameda St.
(213/687-0777). Excellent sashimi, generous quantity, freshness
unsurpassed, great sashimi and tempura lunch combination with
succulent, large shrimp tempura, minimum batter, ($12 - $13,

2) OROCHON RAMEN, located in Weller Court, 123 S. Onizuka St.
great, spicy, red-chile flavored ramen

3) HAZUKI RESTAURANT, located on the second floor of Little Tokyo
Mall; perhaps the only remaining, authentic, Japanese food; only one
cook, he is the owner and he is directly from Japan, highly disciplined

and dedicated to creating the best tasting home-made Japanese food;
menu changes daily; superb food; mostly all-Japanese clientele, casual

4) LYONS, located in Honda Plaza; Japanese version of French-style
food; also French flavored Japanese food; goes both ways; great filet
mignon; salmon

5) NONOHANA, located on the 3rd floor of Mitsuwa Bldg. 333 S. Alameda

St., L.A.; casual, great tempura, great omu-rice (omlette fried rice);
tonkatsu (beef/pork cutlet); lady chef from Japan is owner; miso soup
is probably the best; it comes with pieces of salmon

Here are my top restaurants in the South Bay (Torrance, Gardena):

1) INABA, 20920 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance (310/371-6675); traditional,

authentic Japanese food; a little on the expensive side; cooks, all
Japanese; used to cater to mostly Japanese businessmen in the South Bay


2) SANUKI NO SATO, 18206 S. Western Ave., Torrance. (310/324-9184);
the best Udon (noodles) place ever; also serves traditional Japanese;
casual O.K.

3) TAMATEBAKO, 20801 S. Western Ave., Torrance (310/533-85350; great
Japanese food; nice decor; fairly reasonable; casual O.K., the
specialty: out-of-this-world Kurobuta (Black Pig) cutlet; excellent
chicken cutlet, too; clientele mostly all-Japanese; located on the
first floor of a Japanese-owned hotel; OPEN EVERY DAY; it has to, since

it primarily caters to the hotel guests

4) EBOSHI RAMEN, 2383 W. Lomita Blvd., Lomita. (310/325-6674); great
ramen; combination special of Ramen, Chahan (Japanese version of
Chinese fried rice) and Gyoza; Chahan comes with tasty pork and eggs;
one of the best-tasting Chahan ever

5) ICCHO, 25310 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. (310/325-7273); casual;
great food, sushi, sashimi, tempura, you name it; lots of great a la
carte items to go with beer

6) SENNARI SUSHI, 18220 S. Western Ave., Torrance. (310/324-1970);
highly recommended for sushi lovers

7) SHISEN RAMEN, 1730 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance (310/534-1698);
great, spicy, Red chile-flavored ramen; also serves many different
types of a la carte items to go with beer; open till late at night;
usually till around 1:00 a.m.

I also highly recommend the FOOD COURT at MITSUWA MARKET in Torrance,
at Western and Carson; LUNCH TIME THE BEST; closed at 6:30 p.m.

from Norio Hayakawa, with the CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE NETWORK

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