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Any Izakaya in the beach area?

sweet potato21 Apr 20, 2009 12:58 PM

Hi. I know there are some Izakaya in downtown or gardena area but can't find them around beach area. I live in Venice. Does any body know Izakaya or may be sushi bar has little dishes around beach area?. I like them both. Tha~~nks in advance. SP

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    ns1 RE: sweet potato21 Apr 20, 2009 01:00 PM

    musha in santa monica

    izakaya bincho right on the redondo beach boardwalk

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      JEN10 RE: ns1 Apr 20, 2009 01:11 PM

      Head down to Redondo Beach for Izakaya Bincho. It is on the lower level near Quality Seafood. They are only open for dinner, so call ahead. Check out the several reviews on this place. You will not ber disappointed.

      Izakaya Bincho
      112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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        Nicole RE: ns1 Apr 20, 2009 05:35 PM

        Ditto, Musha and Bincho are both good recs.

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        bu dat RE: sweet potato21 Apr 20, 2009 05:39 PM

        there's a place on washington in a mini mall (across from costco) that is pretty good. i'm sorry i can't remember the name. it is just about 2-3 blocks east of lincoln.

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          Servorg RE: bu dat Apr 20, 2009 06:19 PM

          You are probably thinking of Sakura House.

          Sakura House
          13362 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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            bu dat RE: Servorg Apr 20, 2009 07:02 PM

            you got it. i only went once which means it wasn't all that - but i thought it was good. i remember my so was very unimpressed. and b/c there are so many things to order - the price can rise quickly. but each thing is not expensive. it was fun.

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              bigtuna27 RE: bu dat Apr 21, 2009 08:44 AM

              There is a new place across Sakura house on Washington. It's pretty good. I think the name is Hamakaze or kamikaze. ha ha. I don't remember well. They have sushi and izakaya style small dishes too.

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                sweet potato21 RE: bigtuna27 Apr 21, 2009 11:00 AM

                Hi Me again. Thanks S~~o much. Redondo beach is bit too far. Musha and Sakura House serve sushi? Somebody told me Sakura house serves Japanese BBQ on scure only.

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                  OCAnn RE: sweet potato21 Apr 21, 2009 11:37 AM

                  scure = skewer?

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                    Nicole RE: sweet potato21 Apr 21, 2009 05:03 PM

                    Musha doesn't literally have sushi, but they have a number of dishes involving raw fish. So they have sushi-like dishes (sashimi, poke tuna, etc) but no sushi rolls or nigiri.

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                      jdwdeville RE: Nicole Apr 21, 2009 07:36 PM

                      musha has rolls, however the rolls don't have rice. I live in Venice too, and this is a great place to go. I average 3 visits a month. Sakura house has skewer-centric menu, but also small plates from the kitchen. Also, all this is assuming you know about all the Sawtelle "Little Osaka" restaurants and they are too far for you.

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            bulavinaka RE: sweet potato21 Apr 21, 2009 06:45 PM

            If South Bay is too much of a schlep, you might try Sawtelle Blvd in West LA. A few places there might do the trick if you're after small plates of really tasty food. Orris, Robata-ya and Bar Hayama are worth looking into.

            2006 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Bar Hayama
            11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Robata Ya
            2004 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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              jdwdeville RE: bulavinaka Apr 21, 2009 07:39 PM

              and Place Yuu, assuming you don't sit on the side that has the ginormous TV.

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                Nicole RE: bulavinaka Apr 22, 2009 11:21 AM

                Agree with the rec to explore Sawtelle...not in the beach area, but considerably closer to you than Southbay. I just had a *great* meal at Orris this past weekend, although I would caution that the cuisine and atmosphere aren't quite that of an izakaya...but excellent food nonetheless.

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