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Feb 28, 2011 09:40 AM

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.