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Japanese groceries in OC? Any suggestions for student visitors from over the Pacific?

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  1. Mitsuwa on Paularino and Marukai on Harbor, both in Costa Mesa. Marukai is a membership club ($10 a year or $1 per visit I think). Mitsuwa has the fantastic food court with the Santouka in it. :)

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Of those two, my vote is definitely for Mitsuwa. I always think of it as the "Bristol Farms of Japanese cuisine". As a matter of fact, they actually have one of the finest meat cases in the area. Whenever I need chicken backs for stock, pork belly for braising, or even beautiful prime beef for the Summer grill, it's always Mitsuwa that first comes to mind. I just always make sure to grab a box of Pocky and a tray of sushi from the grab and go before I leave. ;-)

      R. Jason Coulston

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        2nd the recs for Mitsuwa and Marukai (in that order). I'll also throw out Ebisu in Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley on Brookhurst and Garfield. It's much smaller than the above referenced M & M markets, but you'll be right near a bunch of other great Japanese spots: Tsuruhashi (for yakiniku), Kappo Honda (izakaya), Shin Shen Gumi (ramen shop or yakitori). There's also a Shabu Shabu place in the same center, but I wasn't that impressed last time I went there

        1. re: I got nothin

          This is good info - they will be visiting for a full month and will want to wander!

          1. re: OCEllen

            Make sure they wander into some non-Japanese places too! I know people stick with what they know, but it's important to try and get them to eat new things. I know we forced our homestay exchange students to. :)

            1. re: MeAndroo

              Absolutely!
              And they will be eating some of my cooking!

          2. re: I got nothin

            I would third those recs. I spend an awful lot of time at Mitsuwa, and most recently, Marukai markets. They truly have an excellent selection of groceries, meats, fish and produce. Not to mention Japanese housewares at reasonable prices, which really came in handy when I moved into my apartment.

          3. re: Das Ubergeek

            Thanks Ubergeek! I knew you'd have the info!