In addition to the fabulous sushi restaurants
in Los Angeles (sushi and California are like peas in a pod), this city boasts a wide variety of Japanese cooking, ranging from ramen joints to eateries that specialize in Japanese soul food.
This list starts strong with some of the more famous and exclusive sushi spots in town. I love how there is such a strong culture and heritage around these places: younger chefs work for a master chef for years before heading out to start up their own restaurant. What I do not love is how expensive these places are. . . although I am confident that they serve a very quality product.
There is so much more than sushi to Japanese food in Los Angeles! I have included the Mitsuwa
supermarket in Torrance because of the great food-court there. There are 6 or 7 food stalls here and they are all good; my personal favorite is the ramen from Santouka.
Another favorite spots is Daichan
(located in the San Fernando Valley next to the famous Sushi Nozawa
). Daichan describes it's food as "Japanese soul food" and whatever that means they certainly do it right, preparing tasty and healthy food. The menu is a little unfamiliar but you used to it quickly.
Aaah, Japanese noodle shops is another topic entirely to itself. A top pick is Daikokuya
in Little Tokyo. They serve Tonkotsu Ramen, associated with the the southern island of Kyushu. The preparation of this wholesome soup involves cooking pork bones for extended periods of time. (It can also take awhile to get seated here during prime eating hours as this place is so popular).
Yet another genre of Japanese food in Los Angeles is the macrobiotic scene. M Cafe de Chaya
, a Chaya restaurant, presents a version of macrobiotic food that is tasty and accessible. Their deserts are off-the-hook, especially considering the constraints that the macrobiotic diet places on ingredients (everything is made with no refined sugar, eggs, or dairy!). M Cafe is a very popular spot of Melrose with a glamorous (and health conscious) clientele.
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