best place in Torrance/Gardena for an Osaka native?
hi fellow chowhounders! here's a challenge that I hope you all can help with!:
next week, one of our company executive managers from Osaka will be coming to visit.
I know that it's a rather open-ended question, but I'd like to know of any recommendations in Torrance/Gardena for us to take him to lunch/dinner. (The closer to the 405/105 interchange, the better.)
I'm sure that there are a lot of fancy and posh places to take him, but I'd also like to know of some reasonably priced, casual, down-to-earth places to take him, as well. Any recs for either?
Also, since he's a Japanese native, are there any Japanese restaurants in the area that I should make sure are at the top of my list, or places to make sure to stay away from? After all, I'm trying my best not to lose my job due to him getting food poisoning...
(P.S. He'll be here allll week, so our department is scrambling to think of over 10 different places for lunch/dinner to take him.)
Azuma Izakaya... get the tempura and the beef terriyaki. Also great croquettes. Close to the corner of Western and Redondo Beach Blvd.
For expensive but very traditional and great sushi, i here that Tsukiji also somewhere around the interesection of Western and Redondo Beach Blvd. is good.
El Pollo Inka (Peruvian) is down in the Torrance area. Get the saltados.
Tomi sushi in redondo ( 402 PCH at torrance I think). Its a small, very unpretentious japanese restaurant. It does not look fancy and trendy at all and is in a parking lot next to a liquor store but it is fantastic! You MUST sit at the sushi bar and you MUST ask one of the two chefs for omakase/ chefs choice for at least a few dishes. You could call ahead for resevation and they will save the prime seats for you in front of the owner who is also one of the sushi chefs -- it can get crowded. It may end up a bit pricey but they will take care of you and serve you real sushi in traditional ways you have never seen at other restaurants. no mega rolls with two pounds of sauce. The restaurant was one of the first sushi places in the area and has been around like 26 years. One of the chefs is something like 16 generation sushi chef. These guys are real! I always see japanese business men from toyota and all the other companies in torrance. Oh, also they have the huge bottles of sake starting at $60 that you can write your name on and they will put it in the fridge for your next visit. Its a small place so it probably best for just a few people (not theentire office) plus you wont end up breakin the bank that way. I love this place!
Is he actually coming from Japan? If so, wouldn't he rather have western food than Japanese food? I know people from Japan like beef...hamburgers, steak etc.
Bistro Laramie in Gardena which is a Japanese/Western place may be a good choice. It's in the same mini-mall on Western where Sanuki no Sato is...which may be another good choice if he wants Japanese food. Komatsu for tempura. Torimatsu for yakitori.
Here's an old review on Bistro Laramie:
the kansai-osaka area is known for crab lol. but crab over there is prepared very differently. i've had a lot of success taking j-visitors to places like the crab pot in long beach of all things. that is, assuming they like shellfish. the gimmick and the american-style seasoning are surefire winners.
if and ONLY if he truly expresses being homesick for japanese comfort food, take him to gaja in lomita. osaka is also the home of okonomiyaki, so you can't go wrong with that.
Wouldn't he want to try some "American" food for at least one of the meals since he is visiting? In any case, I reccomend Otafuku on Western in Gardena for seiro and udon noodles. It's a "down to earth" noodle shop I frequest at least once a week.
I frequently host Japanese business people and often go to Non Japanese places. Beach places are always good. Try Kincaid's at the RB Pier. Even Hennesey's in Hermosa. Havana Mania just of the 405 on Inglewood for Cuban sandwiches. In El Segundo their is a decent restaurant ( I forget the name) next to Purple Orchid -tiki bar - not recommended for this occasion.
Sanuki no sato
The place in El Segundo next to Purple Orchid is called Second City Bistro. I highly recommend the Tomato, basil and gorgonzola bisque. It's the best I've ever had and I frequent the restaurant just for this dish! If he enjoys wine, I would recommend visiting on Monday night for free wine tasting from 6-7pm and then getting reservations for dinner after.
How about a REALLY american place for a steak dinner? Try Outlaws in Playa del Rey (close to your needed location). The place is very laid back, steak house with a huge grill on the deck with beef piled all over it. They make their own salad dressings and it's just a very american experience.