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Jun 2, 2013 11:13 AM

Best tempura in LA

Looking for the BEST tempura in LA.

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  1. Otomisan is very very good.

      1. re: wienermobile

        I love Hannosuke as well, but people need to know that it's Ten-Don, which is tempura served over a bowl of rice, rather than plain Tempura.

        With Komatsu and the Thousand Cranes Tempura Bar gone, I'm curious if there are new "best" tempura places arising.

        1. re: Ogawak

          "...but people need to know that it's Ten-Don, which is tempura served over a bowl of rice, rather than plain Tempura."

          I believe they serve it both ways now.

          1. re: Servorg

            If that's true, that's great. Thanks again, Servorg

            1. re: Servorg

              Just tried the tempura at Hannosuke. Wife and I split a tendon and a tempura plate. Really like that anago and the egg. But for pain tempura, I have to give the nod to Inaba. Still love the tendon.

              1. re: Ogawak

                Thanks for the report. We are all of 10 minutes from Hannosuke, and I can get ramen from Santouka while I'm at it. That makes for a very satisfying meal and we do a little shopping in the market too. Win-Win-Win

                1. re: Servorg

                  My usual M.O. as well...


            1. re: J.L.

              wow just looked at the pictures. that tempura egg looks AMAZING.

              1. re: ns1

                Sadly the last time I went there the tempura egg was not done well... I almost took it back!!

                Also, they fry in Sesame oil, which is quite heavy and fragrant. I like Hannosuke's rice bowl (I always ask for the bowl with the sauce on the side) but it's quite a different style of Tempura...


            2. re: wienermobile

              After reading the feature of Hannosuke in Chowhounds, I went there for lunch Tuesday. It has been a long time since I have had tempura and my taste buds salivated at the thought of having it again. I am not a connoiseur of tempura but I sure know what I like, and this I loved. I ate their classic, and will become a regular there. However, when they took over the space they occupy, the law of unintended consequences kicked in, because the food stall they replaced made wonderful gyoza. Believe it or not, you cannot get any gyoza in Mitsuwa
              Marketplace. Que lastima.

              1. re: pizzafreak

                Actually... you can get gyoza at the deli. Then zap it in the microwave near the check out. I like the green veggie ones...


                1. re: Dommy

                  All my friends that have worked at Mitsuwa have said that the prepared foods section is just awful... not a lot of care put into their food, for lack of a better euphemism.

                  1. re: kainzero

                    Agreed. Nijiya has a prepared food section that is okay as far as quality goes. But when compared with Mitsuwa, Nijiya is far better. Torrance store on 182nd has the best food and selection.

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Prepared food section rankings: Nijiya > Marukai >>> Mitsuwa.

                    1. re: pizzafreak

                      I didn't say they were comparable... You said that you cannot get ANY gyoza...


                      1. re: Dommy

                        Well if you willing to accept a substitute, want "freshly cooked" and don't mind some inconvenience, New Flavors down on Centinela (just south of Washington Blvd.) has fried wontons. Not exactly the same thing, but you could probably pick some up there and drive up a few blocks to Mitsuwa. The way the food court is I doubt anybody would hassle you.

              2. Any upcoming top 10 list would be remiss without I-naba as #1.

                There is a tempura bar where each order is fried and presented piece by piece similar to a sushi bar but with tempura. The fresh anago with fried bone is top notch.

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                1. re: Porthos

                  I-naba does so many things very well to excellent - very unusual for a participant in a cuisine that has so many specialists.

                2. I-naba in Torrance since Komatsu closed down couple of years ago. The rest are not even close.

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                  1. re: KTLA

                    I miss Komatsu for my tempura fix.. Sigh.. Replaced with another ramen place. Seriously? Do we REALLY need yet ANOTHER ramen place in the South Bay?!

                    Anyone know why Komatsu closed down in the first place?

                    1. re: mstinawu

                      Rent increase to pay for the exterior renovations was too much for the owner to justify. He did say he will re-open at a different location at some point. But it has been over a year since it became a Ramen restaurant.

                      I also do miss Komatsu, but I-Naba is a good substitute for Tempura dinner.

                  2. Anyone got a suggestion for tempura in Little Tokyo?

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                    1. re: ns1

                      Marugame Monzo ... and they make a kick-ass bowl of udon.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        pics look amazing. any must haves?

                        that uni udon...O_O

                        1. re: ns1

                          Champon ... all the way, everyday.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          Thanks for the reminder! I have yet to try it! I keep confusing it with the one that opened up recently in Little Tokyo Galeria which was meh.


                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Went last night - wonderful tempura and udon. Great place. Had the Zaru udon, and uni udon. YUM!