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Anything new/interesting in Torrance?

Still working in Torrance, just wondering if anything new/interesting has opened up in the last year or so.

My lunch spots seem to be Peter's Place, Sue's Kitchen, the Japanese Market, and Sabra in Hermosa...

Sue's Kitchen
23918 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

Peter's Place Chinese Restaurant
23816 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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  1. Yami tea house just opened on the corner of Narbonne and 247th in Lomita. Scanned the menu in the window when they were closed. Looks like a Taiwanese tea shop with some savory offerings. Anyone been?

    I really like Mauii chicken. I was going to the one on Redondo Beach Blvd on the Torrance/Gardena border, but I saw one on Sepulveda near Anza. Great chicken salad (topped with grilled asparagus and with their killer homemade hot sauce on the side)

    Also on Sepulveda the steam table vegetarian food at India Sweets is an interesting, flavorful, and inexpensive adventure.

    The auto link is obviously wrong but I do not know how to get rid of it...

    1. Not new, but have you tried Inaba on Hawthorne? Good tempura and noodles. Since they own Ichimian, their soba noodles are great.

      Kagura in Old Town is a unique tonkatsu restaurant. I recommend the Mille feuille cut.

      Don't know if you like ramen, but Mottainai in Gardena and Ramen Yamadaya have really stepped up the ramen game.

      Eatalian is one of the most interesting Italian restaurants around. Very good Neapolitan pizza, with an Italian bakery and gelato bar, they also make their own fresh mozzarella. I haven't liked their pasta, though.

      Carson has a Vietnamese restaurant, Blue Lotus, that may be the best in the South Bay. Best known for their beef pho dishes.

      20920 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

      Eatalian Cafe
      15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

      Ramen Yamadaya
      3118 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504

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      1. re: Ogawak

        I have heard great things about Eatalian, very excited to try.

        I've also discovered Afghan Express, which is quite impressive.

        Also I want to check out Five Guys in Carson....

        Eatalian Cafe
        15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

        Afghan Express
        15900 Crenshaw Blvd, Unit C, Gardena, CA 90249

      2. I'm not aware of restaurants that opened in the area in the last year, but Torihei and Ramen California are both just a couple of years old, and both very good. Not sure if they are open for weekday lunch.

        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

        Ramen California
        24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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        1. re: Nicole

          Ramen California is open for lunch Tue-Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.

          Ramen California
          24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

        2. Rascals just opened up on Artesia near Western. Haven't been there yet but it always looks crowded. Not new but Honda Japanese on PCH and Hawthorne is pretty reasonable. They have Lakers special drinks and appetizers on days they play. Dollar for 6 oz. Sake, two dollars for draft beer, and three dollars for deep fried calamari.

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          1. re: Clinton

            Rascals just opened up on Artesia near Western. Haven't been there yet but it always looks crowded.
            It gets crowded right after 11:30. Large percentage of the crowd are law enforcement from all over. The location is twice as big as the Torrance one. I went a couple times in the last two weeks and I noticed that their chicken teriyaki is supposed to have a charred taste or something, but tastes "burnt" to me....kind of a turn off and I used to like it. I'll stick with the chicken salad.

            1. re: Clinton

              This was the one that was formerly located in Tozai Plaza on Redondo Bch Blvd and Western ave. Chicago Ribs will be moving in their space..not open yet..

            2. not much. coco ichibanya opened recently. the curry is ok; customization is the main attraction.

              1. You should try Horon on 182nd st and Van Ness Ave. I think they just opened a little over a year ago. I saw them on the Travel Channel and tried them out and they did not disappoint. They serve a wide variety of kushiage (Japanese fried skewers) that are $1, $2, or $3. I've never really been to a restaurant quite like it.. All the staff are Japanese and very friendly. They only serve kushiage during night time though. I think most people go there to drink since they have a huge selection of shochu and other alcohol.

                During lunch time, they serve tonkotsu ramen and I must say their broth is very intense. I'm sure they cook the soup over night to get that rich porky flavor. For ramen, I also heard good reviews for Yamadaya which is a few blocks away from Horon. I'll probably go there next time I'm down in Torrance.

                2143 W. 182nd Street, Torrance, CA 90504

                1. Oliver's Place on Palos Verdes Blvd and PCH is just soft opening and they have some pretty good food going on over there. Hand made pastas, duck confit, etc.
                  1321 is opening in downtown Torrance, the chef is from The Oaks, making market driven upper end pub food. (http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...
                  )The Standing Room is starting to build a little more buzz these days (finally, I'm a fan) in Redondo Beach off of Diamond AVe and Catalina Ave. (http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2011...
                  )There is a new Korean Butcher called Angus Meat Market off Sepulveda and Hawthorne across the street from Del Amo that has some pretty cool selections of Kobe, Wagyu, Angus in Korean specific cuts (Galbi, Cha Dol, etc) http://www.yelp.com/biz/angus-meat-ma...

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                  1. re: Petey McNichols

                    Loved Standing Room. Amazing burger, perfect fries. A real treat. Best burger I've had in Los Angeles.

                    I discovered a Thai place in Gardena that I thought was pretty good.

                    Queen of Thai
                    14522 Crenshaw Blvd

                    Also, Saigon Dish in Lawndale was a fine Vietnamese lunch.

                    Saigon Dish
                    15725 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 108, Lawndale, CA 90260