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Best tempura in LA

Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 11:13 AM

Looking for the BEST tempura in LA.

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  1. JAB RE: Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 11:31 AM

    Otomisan is very very good.

    1. wienermobile RE: Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 11:38 AM

      Hannosuke at Mitsuwa. Love that egg they serve with it.

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        Ogawak RE: wienermobile Jun 2, 2013 12:24 PM

        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
          Servorg RE: Ogawak Jun 2, 2013 12:30 PM

          "...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
            Ogawak RE: Servorg Jun 2, 2013 12:44 PM

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

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              Ogawak RE: Servorg Jun 3, 2013 09:18 AM

              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
                Servorg RE: Ogawak Jun 3, 2013 09:20 AM

                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

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                  J.L. RE: Servorg Jun 3, 2013 05:49 PM

                  My usual M.O. as well...


          2. re: wienermobile
            J.L. RE: wienermobile Jun 2, 2013 02:22 PM

            +1 on Hannosuke

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              ns1 RE: J.L. Jun 2, 2013 03:20 PM

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

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                Dommy RE: ns1 Jun 2, 2013 04:12 PM

                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
              pizzafreak RE: wienermobile Jun 20, 2013 09:46 AM

              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
                Dommy RE: pizzafreak Jun 20, 2013 02:47 PM

                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
                  kainzero RE: Dommy Jun 20, 2013 03:35 PM

                  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
                    bulavinaka RE: kainzero Jun 20, 2013 03:40 PM

                    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.

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                      chrishei RE: bulavinaka Jun 20, 2013 09:25 PM

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

                  2. re: Dommy
                    pizzafreak RE: Dommy Jun 20, 2013 05:33 PM

                    Not the same thing.

                    1. re: pizzafreak
                      Dommy RE: pizzafreak Jun 20, 2013 10:52 PM

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


                      1. re: Dommy
                        Feed_me RE: Dommy Jun 21, 2013 12:16 AM

                        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. Porthos RE: Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 02:26 PM

                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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                  bulavinaka RE: Porthos Jun 2, 2013 04:38 PM

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

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                  KTLA RE: Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 02:58 PM

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

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                    mstinawu RE: KTLA Jul 22, 2013 11:48 AM

                    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
                      KTLA RE: mstinawu Jul 22, 2013 03:32 PM

                      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.

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                    ns1 RE: Riasmail Jun 2, 2013 03:16 PM

                    Anyone got a suggestion for tempura in Little Tokyo?

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                    1. re: ns1
                      ipsedixit RE: ns1 Jun 2, 2013 06:25 PM

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

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                        ns1 RE: ipsedixit Jun 2, 2013 06:32 PM

                        pics look amazing. any must haves?

                        that uni udon...O_O

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                          ipsedixit RE: ns1 Jun 2, 2013 06:49 PM

                          Champon ... all the way, everyday.

                        2. re: ipsedixit
                          Dommy RE: ipsedixit Jun 2, 2013 10:00 PM

                          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.


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                            Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM

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

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                          Shalom RE: Riasmail Jun 12, 2013 01:42 AM

                          I don't have as much tempura exposure (and now I'm really curious about I-naba), but I absolutely love tempura Tuesdays at Bamboo Teri House in Long Beach. Great service and really tasty food, please nice deals all day on Tuesday.

                          1. PeterCC RE: Riasmail Jun 20, 2013 09:23 PM

                            Has anyone had the tempura at Yabu? Apparently they do it well there: http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/2...

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                            1. re: PeterCC
                              J.L. RE: PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 02:03 AM

                              Not recommended.

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                              Ogawak RE: Riasmail Jul 20, 2013 09:45 AM

                              Just tried the anago tempura and cold soba combo at Otafuku. The soba was fine, but that tempura was very good; I liked it even better than the offerings at Inaba. Really light and extra crispy batter.

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                              1. re: Ogawak
                                Porthos RE: Ogawak Jul 20, 2013 09:52 AM

                                Funny, had the exact opposite reaction. The anago was amonster and undercooked so the thick end (head end) was a bit rubbery and off putting. I-naba last week was light and delicate as always.

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