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Jul 8, 2013 09:54 AM

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

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

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  1. If you are looking for some other ideas then how about Sue's Kitchen (Taiwanese food) or Gaja for okonomiyaki?

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    1. re: Servorg

      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).

      1. re: PeterCC

        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

          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

            "...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.

      2. 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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        1. re: Fig Newton

          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.

          1. re: Fig Newton

            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.

            1. re: Ogawak

              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.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                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

          2. 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. Too bad the uni monster isn't open:


              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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              1. re: TonyC

                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

                  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

                    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.

                        1. re: ns1

                          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.

                          1. re: Porthos

                            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.

                              1. re: Porthos

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

                        1. re: TonyC

                          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.