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Jan 18, 2012 10:03 AM

Musha opens in Pasadena (Izakaya)

Really wanted to try the Santa Monica location but guess I won't have to go far now.

Really great addition to Old Town and just overall with the recent two sushi joints such as Kima Gure seems Old Town might be heading into now.

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  1. Can we say game-changer for Pas? No more Korean rice bowls if you're looking for fun Asian food?

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    1. re: TonyC

      I think I will try to patronize this place if its as good as the other locations because if it does well you never know who may follow suit. Now can we get good ramen so Naga Naga ins't the only choice?

    2. Can't wait to try it (have only been to Torrance Musha, not SM) and hope they do well, but given Old Town's reputation as the place promising restaurants go to die, I'd best not get my hopes too high...

      KIma Gure and Ichi are both outstanding but as they're both south of Cordova I'm not sure they're technically in Old Town ... an easy enough walk, to be sure, but too far south to benefit from most Old Town foot traffic. (On the plus side, probably too far south to pay Old Town rents.)

      1. This almost sounds too good to be true. Are we certain that it's the same proprietors behind the Torrance and Santa Monica Mushas? If so, I'm about to get really excited.

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        1. re: andytseng

          judging from the picture on Yelp, I am pretty sure it is:

          Anybody down for a meetup? I've never been to any of their locations and single diner like me can't try that many dishes.

        2. Haven't been, but yelpers are reporting that this location pales in comparison to the others. Has anyone on ch had an experience with this branch yet?

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          1. re: andytseng

            I will try to get there eventually but seems like it still hasn't gotten it's sea legs yet.

            1. re: andytseng

              > Has anyone on ch had an experience with this branch yet?

              I went last night and it was quite good. We had:
              - aburi shime saba
              - goma tofu
              - ebi mayo
              - cheese risotto

              The service was a little discombobulated. Our waitress spoke surprisingly little English, but she was extremely nice and attentive. Everything we ordered was very good.

              I've only been to the Torrance location, and that was one time, a few years ago, so I can't really do a fair comparison. All-in-all, another very positive addition to the Pasadena dining scene.

              1. re: Peripatetic

                BTW, I found this website which may or may not be related to this location:


                I say "may or may not" because the site is incomplete and inaccurate, and the registrant appears to be an individual living in the Philippines.

                BUT . . . if this page is to be believed, a Venice location is planned for September:


                1. re: Peripatetic

                  Wow, that's an awkward website.

                  FWIW, Musha "US" website is here:

              2. re: andytseng

                I went to Musha last week and I thought the food and service I received was comparable to the Torrance location. The menu in Pasadena is smaller though because they haven't gotten permits for things like the grill it yourself meats.