Any J-Town Recommendations?
- Sam Wick Jul 10, 2002 12:06 AM
I'm going to an event in J-Town on Thursday. Any recommendations for reasonable sushi or japanese food within walking distance of the Geffen Contemporary. Already tried Sushi Gen (love it), Shabu Shabu, and New Otani.
Well, it's not Japanese, but I *love* the J-Town Mandarin Deli, mainly because of the Nira Bun (pastry stuffed with tofu, glass noodles and greens) and the crisp, greaseless pan fried dumplings. It's also bigger and much less crowded than the Chinatown branch. It's on 2nd between Los Angeles and Central (closer to Central).
Also not Japanese: There's a branch of the Mexican seafood joint Senor Fish on First near Alameda (I think). Fabulous shrimp quesadillas.
try hamakawa, across the street from sushi gen. i must admit i don't eat too much sashimi. my family (big sushi eaters) would often go to sushi gen instead of hamakawa to accomodate my need for cooked food (last time i went which was a while ago, hamakawa only served sushi and tempura). anyhow, my brother says the toro is excellent there...
if you're not in the mood for japanese, i second sabrina's vote for senor fish.
Suehiros and AOI (both on First Street) used to be consistently satisfying for Japanese donburi, tempura noodles.
there's also a great little place on first street called Mr. Ramen, run by a Japanese rastafarian. get the noodles with chicken and sesame.
I worked there (it is indeed call Little Tokyo) for 3 years. The best Japanese food is in the mall on the 2nd floor, a little tiny place. You can find it by entering the mall from San Pedro, past the bank, up the stairs. Sorry I cant remember the name. Very traditional, not cheap. 2nd the recommendations for Senor Fish (shrimp enhiladas or shrimp anything) and Mr. Ramen is awesome, but better in Winter.
The bakery is good for lots of desserts.