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Sep 3, 2008 02:30 PM

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.