Non-Sushi Japanese Restaurants
As little as I know about China and Chinese food - I know a fair amount about Japanese food (and my husband speaks some Japanese). As people have pointed out from time to time in this forum - Japanese restaurants in Japan tend to be exclusive in the types of food they serve. There are sushi restaurants - tempura restaurants - soba restaurants - udon restaurants - etc. - etc. Does any such thing exist in Los Angeles - a really good restaurant that serves a type of Japanese cuisine that is not sushi. Or one that serves a variety of non-sushi cuisine? Robyn
There are many ramen restaurants to choose from. There are three that I keep in my rotation. Daikokuya and Orochon in Little Tokyo and Santouka in West LA. Nearby in Little Tokyo is also Izayoi which is an izakaya, a Japanese restaurant serving a variety of small dishes to try and share (think tapas) which also includes sushi at dinner.
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012
3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
My 1st thought is Ita Cho on Beverly but I have not been there for three yrs. They had excellent sashimi but no sushi. Their claim to fame is a wide array of small plates of interesting traditional Japanese food. Kind of like Japanese Tapas.
The original Ita Cho location rocked! It was in a Hollywood strip mall next to an adult book store. It had real character and tables with long wooden benches and valet parking of course.
Many places have since opened copying their menu concept but Ita Cho is definately worth checking out!
Little Tokyo has many good places and is always changing but these old places worth checking out are:
The Tempura Bar inside Thousand Cranes restaurant
Tha charcol grilled chicken yakitori place near the corner of 2nd & Central (i think those are the streets-someone please help me out b/c can't remember name)
and (also can't remember the name) the japanese diner type place with a counter and booths on 1st st-it's open till 1-2 am Fri-Sat and with a line
The Shabu Shabu restaurant