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Oct 13, 2006 02:50 AM

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...

thanks, all!

(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.)

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  1. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. shin sen gumi in gardena for yakitori?

        1. 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:

          1. If I were a businessman staying in a foreign country for a week, the last thing I'd want to eat is something I can find at home.

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            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

              I totally agree. Especially if he is from Osaka, he has been exposed to amazing japanese food his whole life. I'd skip taking him anywhere japanese unless he is intriged by american style sushi (spider, catapiller, dragon, rainbow rolls) like some Japanese natives are.