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Diana Sep 5, 2007 06:46 AM

We thought of taking the Red Line this weekend and maybe touring around. HE likes noodles, I like Sushi. He likes sushi. REAL sushi. Theme rolls are for when we're feeling silly.

Where should we visit? Perhaps dessert, too?

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    willownt Nov 18, 2007 05:31 AM

    Mitsuwa is a lot of fun in general, although I mostly love shopping in their courtyard (for dishware, stationary, home goods, and so on). The ice cream and bakeries are nice as well.

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      calabasas_trafalgar Sep 10, 2007 10:24 AM

      So how was it? What did you do?

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      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
        Diana Sep 10, 2007 10:45 AM

        we resceduled to next weekend or so.

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          nomo_fan Sep 10, 2007 04:17 PM

          Although Takumi is nice, I felt that Sushi Gen serves a better plate of sashimi. Sushi Gen is the one place where I have to take home sashimi in a doggy bag because I'm too full to finish it, and my wallet isn't emptied.

      2. Dommy Sep 5, 2007 10:13 PM

        Although I perfer Sushi Gen, we had a very nice dinner at the new Takumi. His style was more on the traditional end, and they have a kitchen with cooked dishes as well that are excellent... P. still swoons over their version of Hampen Cheese...


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          terim Nov 17, 2007 12:01 PM

          We had an excellent meal at Takumi but we were surprised to be the only ones dining there early on a Thursday evening. We enjoyed the tempura, sushi, monkfish liver (first time and very good!), asparagus wrapped with beef and eggplant in miso which was nicely flavored but not cloyingly sweet. Hope they get busier - it's an attractive restaurant and a nice addition to the Little Tokyo Plaza.

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          slacker Sep 5, 2007 03:24 PM

          A friend of mine loves Frances bakery. I haven't tried it, but will need to.
          Me, I like imagawayaki (the red bean buns) from Mitsuru Cafe for dessert, a bit filling, but always so good.

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          1. re: slacker
            calabasas_trafalgar Sep 5, 2007 04:01 PM

            I always buy a half-dozen of those and freeze them.

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            nomo_fan Sep 5, 2007 11:26 AM

            It's difficult to find a place that does both well. I may be in the minority, but while others go to Daikokuya and Orochon for noodles, I like the sheer simplicity of Hana Ichimonme, which is on the third floor of the old Yaohan plaza. start there, and then go to Sushi Gen for really good sushi. At Sushi Gen, I would even order the sashimi plates instead of getting sushi.

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              SauceSupreme Sep 5, 2007 01:12 PM

              I like Hana Ichimonme also. On that same floor are Issen Joki, Sushi Go 55, the newly minted Honda-ya, and a Korean joint.

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                slacker Sep 5, 2007 01:43 PM

                I had been going to Hana ichimonme for years, my favorite is the spicy champon. They offer a good variety of ramen and other dishes.

                edit: plus great plastic food display case.

              2. Skunk2Racer Sep 5, 2007 11:23 AM

                The Best Cheap, #1 Rated market sushi is daikichi Sushi located in mitsuwa market. A decent sized tray will run $5-$13 This is the ONLY supermarket sushi My family will eat

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                  mlgb Sep 5, 2007 10:09 AM

                  Dessert has to be Fugetsudo for mochis (on First Street).

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                    calabasas_trafalgar Sep 5, 2007 10:48 AM

                    I prefer the Fugetsudo in the Mitsuwa market plaza.

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                      mlgb Sep 5, 2007 12:18 PM

                      If I were strolling around Little Tokyo, my choice would be the 100+ year old family owned sweet shop.

                      I believe the Mitsuwa ones are imported from Japan?

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                        Diana Sep 5, 2007 12:27 PM

                        what is the sweet shop called?

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                          calabasas_trafalgar Sep 5, 2007 12:43 PM

                          Their are two 100 + year old family owned sweet shops in Little Tokyo, Fugetsudo and Mikawaya. Whether you go to the locations in the Japanese Village Plaza or Mitsuwa market plaza(for either place), they are all made here in L.A. My wife used to work for Mikawaya, take her word for it, Fugetsudo is better!

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                            mlgb Sep 5, 2007 12:59 PM

                            The shop I'm talking about is Fugetsu-do on First Street. I've looked at the products at Mitsuwa in Torrance and I thought they sold the Japanese Fugetsudo, but I have not looked at Mitsuwa market place in Little Tokyo. They may have the local ones there. In either case, I would rather go to the original store on First Street.


                            The above link gives store hours, you may have to buy dessert before dinner!

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                              calabasas_trafalgar Sep 5, 2007 03:13 PM

                              Fugetsu-do on First St is where all the products are made. They also have a shop inside the Mitsuwa store. The products are exactly the same.

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                              Woolsey Sep 5, 2007 02:00 PM

                              I had some Mikawaya mochi a few weeks ago, and it was definitely on the geriatric side. (It was in the evening, though, and Fugetsu-do was closed, while Mikawaya was still open.)

                      2. J.L. Sep 5, 2007 08:28 AM

                        Buyer Beware: Sunday sushi may not be as fresh as Tuesday-Friday sushi...

                        Sushi in Little Tokyo (google for locations, but all within walking distance):
                        Sushi Gen
                        Sushi Go 55 (on the 3rd floor of Little Tokyo Shopping Center, 333 S. Alameda)
                        Frying Fish, for so-so conveyor belt sushi (Kaiten)

                        Dessert: Pastry/Bakery (name eludes me) shop near Frying Fish has some traditional Japanese sweets

                        Noodles in Little Tokyo:
                        Daikokuya (1st St.)
                        Also, try Weller Court, a shopping Plaza with Marukai Supermarket, near the New Otani Hotel for other holes-in-the-wall

                        Have fun!

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                          Diana Sep 5, 2007 08:39 AM

                          we would go on a saturday!

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                            calabasas_trafalgar Sep 5, 2007 10:49 AM

                            Saturday sushi is still ok. Prefer Sushi Gen, but any of the places on 2nd street are pretty good

                          2. re: J.L.
                            Woolsey Sep 5, 2007 01:57 PM

                            The bakery's name is Yamazaki. I love the steamed green tea cakes.

                            Yamazaki Bakery
                            123 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                            1. re: Woolsey
                              tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 04:30 PM

                              Yes, Woolsey, those Green Tea Cakes are soooo yummy!

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                            ricepad Sep 5, 2007 07:44 AM

                            Noodles and sushi at the same place? There's a little hole in the wall on 1st Street between San Pedro and Alameda that is decent for both, but not outstanding...I think it's called "Aoi" or something like that. Of course, if you wander around, peering in the windows, you may find other gems to your liking, too.

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