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Shin Okinawa Izakaya in Torrance - Perceptor's Report

literally 1 block from the god-father of japanese izakaya (gastro pub), Musha of Torrance, is Shin Okinawa Izakaya. What sets this place apart from Musha and other izakaya restauarnts is this place serves Okinawan fare.. i dont know many other places in LA that serves Okinawan cuisine.. it was definitely a great experience to read a menu that has items that other typical izakaya don't have.. from pig's ear to bitten melon and from spam tempura to grilled sting ray fins, I find myself wanting to pay another visit, which is the greatest compliments to a restaurant when you want to return a second time..

Here is my experience:

Shin Okinawa Izakaya
1880 W Carson St, Suite A
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 618-8357

- Perceptor

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  1. Excellent pics! Made me hungry....

    1. Fantastic photos and comments as always... My mom swears that among some other things that are unique to the Okinawan lifestyle, that combo of bitter melon and pork is what makes the Okinawans so vibrant through their elder years...

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        haha... your mom is a wise woman... that is a great dish

      2. Oh yum, thanks for the report!

        1. Hi Perceptor,

          Excellent Photo Review as always. (^_^) We might've just missed each other, I was there recently as well. Agree w/ the bitter melon - love it! :)

          1. What a great review, as usual. I am not familiar with Okinawan cuisine. I can't wait to try it. I guess i will just have to jump in with two feet and learn as I go. Your photos are great. Do you have any idea what their hours are? I would hat to show up for "closed Monday".

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            1. re: Rizza

              sorry Rizza, i cant find their hours online... here is their phone number (310) 618-8357

              1. re: Perceptor

                Thanks. I drove by today and realized I actually have been there. I went in one day for lunch thinking it looked interesting. But when I asked about specials they told me they weren't allowed to explain them in English as it didn't translate well. I was pretty disappointed with my experience, and haven't been back with so many other great Japanese options in the area. Maybe I'll try again one day. But probaby after Gaja, Otofuku, and the Steakhouse.

            2. I pass by this place all the time.. Been wondering about it.. Great pictures--gotta try it out now.

              1. Dined here and enjoyed it. Wanted to put Okinawan dishes at the forefront for the benefit of my dining partner, so we ordered the goya champuru, nebara miso, and raftei. Rounded things out with a standard, though slightly overpriced, hamachi kama yaki. All dishes were very good. For $8.00, the raftei is simply a huge cross-section slab of pork belly. While certainly not the best version of the dish, there's plenty of porky volume. It should probably be half the size it's served. Goya champura here has no spam and they pile on katsuo bushi, more in the style you see in Kyushu. But decent overall, though I like bigger chunks of goya. And, may have been just store bought tofu or may have been home made, but I liked whichever they used in both this and the nebura dishes. Tofu and pork go together well. Hamachi was cooked well. And they have a nice little awamori/ shochu menu. Wish they had more than the usual suspects of awamori though. You see the same brands in the Okinawan places in Tokyo. But at least they have some.....There can't be more than a handful of places in the U.S., perhaps anywhere outside of Japan, that are serving this type of cuisine....Also, they have a seperate menu in Japanese. I didn't think to look at it, but looking at this thread, I should have at least checked out the specials. I'd be curious what type of dishes these might be.?.?.

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                1. re: Silverjay

                  Hi Silverjay,

                  Ack! You're in L.A. already?! I thought you might've been coming later on (sorry on the delay with recommendations you were asking for (^_^;;...

                  This was one place I wanted to check out first before recommending to you (in the post last week). You might've seen my post on Ryo Zan Paku (avoid it). I'm inquiring about one other place that might fit what you were looking for (I'll know tomorrow). Mata ne~!