Japanese recommendation (udon, ramen, tonkatsu, etc) in Torrence
I am heading to LA tomorrow and looking for a good authentic Japanese option in LA. I heard Torrence area would
be the right place, but couldn't decide which one to go. So far, I found these two spots: Kotohira, and Sanuki no San.
My preference is to find a place that can serve better udon, ramen, tonkatsu and other dishes in one place. If not, I guess have to choose either udon or ramen. For reference, I ate santoka ramen in chicago but was not impressed (too authentic...didn't like strong pork smell...). This is for lunch. I appreciate your kindly help in advance.
If you want a one stop shop, head to the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court in Torrance. Santouka is there for good ramen, but there are other options available to you that might be more up your alley. I have gotten some decent udon from there but I can't remember the name of the shop. You can get curry, japanese-italian, sushi and tonkatsu as well.
I cannot tell you whether Kotohira or Sanuki No Sato has the better udon, since I've never tried SNS, but Kotohira has wonderful combinations for lunch. I particularly enjoyed my udon with a wonderful broiled saba(Japanese mackeral). My brother liked their unagi(river eel)/udon combo.
I honestly can't think of any places off the top of my head that do both udon and ramen - the best Japanese restaurants tend to specialize - let alone one place which does both well, plus tonkatsu and other dishes. Although if your criteria for good ramen includes NOT being too authentic, then it might be easier. Although you said you didn't like Santouka, the food court at Mitsuwa Marketplace is the easy choice, as suggested by annapurna7. Santouka for ramen, Mifune for udon and soba, and Katsuhana for tonkatsu are all good, plus Curry House, Italian Tomato, Miyabi-Tei, et al.
I'm not a big fan of udon, and haven't tried either of the places you mentioned, so I can't be of any help there. The best lunchtime options for ramen are Santouka, Shin Sen Gumi, and Gardena Ramen. Asa is my favorite ramen place, but it's open 6pm-2am only.