Many people know Shin Sen Gumi as the very good ramen chain where you can customize your soup down to the firmness of noodle. But fewer know that the original location is actually a tiny yakitori shop in Gardena. Open since 1992, Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori is an institution you visit to eat perfect meat skewers in a low-key space. Our favorites are the marble kobe beef, bacon-wrapped quail egg, and the chicken meatballs.
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Eatalian Cafe is a huge food emporium in Gardena, with fantastic pizzas and baked goods.
If you’re in Gardena for breakfast (or anywhere close), you need to head right to Painter’s Tape for their excellent Japanese-influenced cafe food.
Otafuku Noodle House
Otafuku is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Gardena that treats cold soba noodles like a science.
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The Hollywood classic is definitely pricey, but you’re paying for those fantastic views.
Sushi Chitose has a fantastic, affordable omakase in an almost impossible-to-spot building in Redondo Beach.
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Fish Eight is a sushi bar on Melrose in West Hollywood with extremely high-quality fish at affordable prices.
Inko Nito is a very pretty Japanese restaurant in the Arts District with food that never gets above mediocre.
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