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Torrance Lunch Today i-naba, I-guess but maybe there is something else I should check out

Ciao Bob Jul 8, 2013 09:54 AM

I am covering for a colleague near Hawthorne and Torrance Blvd - so, of course, I am considering my chow-ish lunch options. Tempura and Soba or Udon @ i-naba seems the logical choice (I've been a few times and always left happy).
Any other ideas?
TIA, Bob

  1. Servorg Jul 8, 2013 10:02 AM

    If you are looking for some other ideas then how about Sue's Kitchen (Taiwanese food) or Gaja http://www.gajamoc.com/ for okonomiyaki?

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      PeterCC Jul 8, 2013 10:04 AM

      Side note: The line for Gaja's okonomiyaki at the 626 Night Market Saturday night was crazy long (as was the line for Gottsui's okonomiyaki).

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        bulavinaka Jul 8, 2013 10:49 AM

        Doya Doya should have been there too - it's the best of oko places imho.

        Ciao Bob is a serious veteran Hound but I thought it worth mentioning that many Japanese places are closed on mondays. Call to verify hours if unsure.

        1. re: bulavinaka
          PeterCC Jul 8, 2013 10:52 AM

          I can't remember if I saw Doya Doya but frankly though I spent 4 hours there I think I probably didn't see about a third of the place, it was so packed and difficult to get around. They need better line management at the night market.

          1. re: bulavinaka
            Servorg Jul 8, 2013 10:52 AM

            "...many Japanese places are closed on mondays"

            Good point. That lets the Gaja rec off the hook since they are one of the typically closed J food places.

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        Fig Newton Jul 8, 2013 10:43 AM

        I've been eating at Da Maat quite a bit recently and enjoying it, if you're up for Korean. Good spicy beef soup with hand cut noodles, good dolsot bibimbap.

        I like the soba place in the same shopping center as Gaja (and then you can get a cream puff at Chantilly!).

        I had the uni and ikura bowl at Nozome for the first time last week for lunch and it was fabulous.

        And there's always Kagura on Narbonne for tonkatsu. I have only been for dinner, so not sure how speedy their lunch service is, but a really lovely place to dine.

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          bulavinaka Jul 8, 2013 10:56 AM

          We also like Kagura which is kbown for their tonkatsu. But their other dishes are very well done. Also like the side dishes that accompany the gozen. Chawanmushi has been good, and the miso soup is porked-based, giving it another layer complexity. You can ask for as many servings of this miso as well as the Japanese-style aalad as well.

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            Ogawak Jul 8, 2013 11:11 AM

            The soba place is Oumi Sasaya and is very good. It also serves excellent udon noodles.

            Lunch service at Kagura has been very good, as is the food.

            As Bulavinaka has noted, Japanese places are often closed Mondays. Iroha is open Mondays at the Marukai Market on Artesia for chicken stock ramen.

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              Ciao Bob Jul 8, 2013 11:28 AM

              A Japanese acquaintance gave me the card of Oumi Sasaya years ago, with a strong recommendation. I have carried it ever since but they are closed Mondays.

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                Sgee Aug 1, 2013 12:11 AM

                2nd Oumi Sasaya you can hop over to chantilly 2 doors down for desert - excellent black sesame pâté choux

                El pollo inka

                Sushi Ken - reasonably priced sushi

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            ilysla Jul 8, 2013 12:00 PM

            Not for the main course, but sesame cream puffs at Patisserie Chantilly might be fun. If you didn't have your heart set on Japanese and were willing to drive out a bit further, you could do La Espanola....

            1. TonyC Jul 8, 2013 12:37 PM

              Too bad the uni monster isn't open:

              http://www.maruhide.us/%E6%9C%AA%E5%8...

              It would've been the perfect fit for your lunch, having seen you in action at a sushi bar.

              My default lunch option in that area is almost always otafuku.

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                Ciao Bob Jul 8, 2013 01:36 PM

                Thanks all.
                I-Naba was solid.Lot's of good other suggestions THANKS - for next trip - which hopefully won't be a Monday.

                1. re: Ciao Bob
                  Porthos Jul 8, 2013 01:52 PM

                  Hard to beat I-naba. Going myself Saturday.

                  Always curious about the Indian place next door. Looks legit with plenty of traffic.

                  Even a little curious about the Taiwanese place next door. Looks like it might not be good but Yelp photos look okay...

                  1. re: Ciao Bob
                    Porthos Jul 13, 2013 02:28 PM

                    Ciao Bob, give the Indian place next door a try. Had the biryani today which was excellent. If I didn't already have soba and oyakodon at I-naba would have tried some of the delicious smelling curries also.

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                      kevin Jul 14, 2013 09:51 AM

                      What's the name please ?

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                        Servorg Jul 14, 2013 10:03 AM

                        http://www.indiasnacknsweet.com/

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/382467

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                        ns1 Jul 14, 2013 09:59 AM

                        what style biryani?

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                          Porthos Jul 14, 2013 11:31 AM

                          I have no idea. See the picture I took in the link provided by Servorg. There was cilantro and a big leaf of some sort used as seasoning. Cooked to order.

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                            ns1 Jul 14, 2013 04:48 PM

                            I see. Not hyderabad style biryani is the answer to my question. Hyderabad style biryani is definitely NOT made to order. That's wrong on so many levels.

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                              Porthos Jul 14, 2013 05:01 PM

                              Oh well. I tired :-)

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                                ns1 Jul 14, 2013 05:07 PM

                                At least you provided a picture and saved me the trouble ;)

                    2. re: TonyC
                      Ciao Bob Jul 9, 2013 12:16 PM

                      written up on Tasting Table
                      http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det... today

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        TonyC Jul 9, 2013 02:02 PM

                        Maybe take his shift again?

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                          kevin Jul 10, 2013 07:25 PM

                          in hte area, where would you hit up for one of the japanese by the bottle bars ? which was actually pretty decent to good if i'm not a regular.

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