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Recommendations for Centinela Mitsuwa?

We're visiting from the Bay Area and staying a few blocks from Mitsuwa on Centinela. Any recommendations on great vendors or specific food to try out while we're there? I see some threads from a few years back recommending Santouka--still true? Any others? Thank you! (We'll also happily take recommendations for other good food to try in this general area.)

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  1. Santouka - my favorite bowl there is the #9

    Hannosuke - get the original tendon, extra shishitos and extra egg

    Yamada-ya - vanilla & green tea swirl soft serve with kuromitsu

    Enjoy!

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      1. re: Eater15

        Hannosuke - get the original tendon and extra egg. Yes Yes Yes!

          1. re: wienermobile

            And if you like things crispy... ask for the sauce on the side! :D

            --Dommy!

            1. re: Dommy

              They now have an option of a tempura "plate" where the sauce is served in a bowl on the side for your personal dipping pleasure.

              1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                is it the same sweet sauce? or the more watery dipping kind? I strongly prefer the former, as that's how I normally ate ten don in jp. thank u

                1. re: blimpbinge

                  TBH, I'm not sure. I have yet to personally order it since I actually like it in the bowl...

        1. re: Eater15

          My typo - Thanks for correcting.

      2. Along with the great food at Mitsuwa (Santouka, Hannosuke,) there is A Frame, Waterloo and City, Ekkamai for Thai, Pepy's Galley, all within a few blocks to a mile away.

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        1. re: Ogawak

          A-Frame the food is great the noise level is not. Nice quieter patio.

        2. Zam Zam market nearby is a must try - the best biryani and tandoori fare in possibly the enitre US. My advice is to go on saturday and get the saturday-only lamb biryani and their chicken tikka.

          Simpang Asia has great Indonesian food

          Shunji has world class sushi just a couple miles up the road

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          1. re: Eater15

            Thanks all--looks like we have our eating cut out for us! :)

            1. re: Eater15

              Obligatory: if that's the best biryani in the us then that's a very poor showing

            2. Great drinks chips and snacks for sale in supermarket. Santouka.

              1. There's taqueria Sanchez down the street pretty tasty too.

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                1. re: jessejames

                  Mariscos Chente is across the street as well. Still very worthy even without Sergio.

                2. for casual and very inexpensive vegetarian indian food and chaat:

                  http://www.samosahouse.net/locations....

                  11510 W Washington Blvd

                  fwiw, i've only frequented this location, not the second location which they call "samosa house east" can't vouch for the "east" one