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Jun 10, 2009 08:58 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. I think you mean Sanuki no Sato...and that would fit the bill. I've always enjoyed my meals there. Nice menu with simple flavours done well.

      Sanuki No Sato
      18206 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

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      1. re: OCAnn

        If you go to Sanuki no Sato for Udon, you can go next door to Asa Ramen for Ramen (and takoyaki!), although they are only open after 5pm. Then swing by the Japanese-style bakery and pick up a cake. And Sen Nari Sushi is also in that same plaza.

      2. Here is review that you'll want to read, and which may help you make a decision on where to go.

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        1. re: Servorg

          I think the OP is looking for lunch & I believe Torihei is only open for dinner....

        2. 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.

          1. 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.