a deal?

So, one of my friends recommended this place for a deal on japanese rice bowls, such as ones with unagi or the chirashi bowl, and specifically, he mentioned the toro bowl. Diners at the restaurant all and one kind of rice bowl going on, so they must either be a really good deal or decently good for that?

Well, here it is in all it’s $9.95 glory – i would have to say it’s just okay. For it’s price and the quality and amount of fish, it was satisfying for a good fullfilling lunch. The toro in the middle was slightly icey… that’s definitely not fresh? Patty didn’t seem to complain about hers, and I forgot to ask her. Oh well…

I like rice. I like fish, and I like a runny egg yolk. Sure, i’ll take it for $9.95. It’s definitely not the best fish I had, but *shrug* what can you do when you’re two hungry asian girls who needed to be fed NOW.
Toro Bowl

here are their tea cups with their col logo with “kanpachi” in hiragana
Tea

Sushi Kanpachi
1425 W. Artesia Blvd #27
Gardena CA 90248

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Otafuku – “grandaddy of soba”

Otafuku – NE corner of 166th and Western – look carefully cuz you’ll miss it if you don’t
(310) 532-9348
16525 S. Western Ave
Gardena CA 90247

Here is a restaurant I absolutely love. It’s the quintessential hole in the wall. It is located in the most rundown strip mall ever, next to a run down and shady looking barber shop, and dark looking bar. If you were to drive by, you would think nothing is there but the bar and closed up shops. However, once you walk in, you are in a clean and simple decor and you are standing in a very efficient hustle and bustle of a small restaurant, specializing in one thing and one thing only – SOBA. Soba is made fresh everyday, and looking at the atmosphere of the restaurant, you really get a feel for the dedication to the FOOD and not to the SELLING of the food. This is probably why I shy away from the more hoighty-toity and trendy places. Just turns me off, but that’s a whole another topic. Back to the food.

See? Looks like sh*t on the outside
Otafuku

Fresh SOBA noodles in four (?) different styles, thick or thin and made with some different part of the buckweat. you can choose hot or cold, but it seemed that everybody was ordering cold. try to get there before the lunchtime rush or you’ll be standing in the squishy hallway near the bathrooms with the rest of the japanese business-looking men. + $3 you get a mini side of tempura shrimp or very generous portion of uni rice bowl.

Cold Soba Combo 2 Cold soba 2ombo 1

Want cold soba – go to Otafuku. Want cold udon – go to Sanuki no Sato.