Musha Restaurant in Torrance, CA (Japanese Izakaya)

Monday, September 22, 2008

My friend Jessica and her brother Dominic have started to eat their way through Southern California's South Bay (it's the area between LAX Airport and Long Beach). The South Bay always has a nice ocean breeze and some good ethnic restaurants. Torrance has the headquarters of both American Honda and Toyota. Because of their many ex-pat Japanese staff and as well as a large Japanese-American population, there are numerous good Japanese places.

On Sunday, we went to Musha Restaurant in Torrance. This was my second visit but a first for J and D. And it won't be our last!!! Again, everything was soooo yummy.

Musha serves izakaya food - bar food, small plates or Japanese tapas. Whatever you call it, it's all delicious.

Musha, Torrance, CA - Harasume Salad
Harasume Salad
Glass noodle salad with sesame dressing so good I could just drink it.

Musha, Torrance, CA - Tuna Poke
Tuna Poke
Sashimi tuna with daikon strips and these super delicious senbei rice squares.

Musha, Torrance, CA - Musha Fried Chicken (MFC)
Musha Fried Chicken
Always a favorite - MFC is a tender piece of fried white meat chicken and a crazy yummy ponzu sauce. Be sure to add the shredded daikon radish and green onions to the sauce.

Musha, Torrance, CA - Takotama (Okonomiyaki)
This is an okonomiyaki dish - egg omelet with octopus, yakisoba noodles, ginger, bonito flakes, and sauces. Yummy! (Go to Gaja in Lomita, CA to make you own okonomiyaki dishes!)

Musha, Torrance, CA - Cheese Risotto Musha, Torrance, CA - Cheese Risotto
Cheese Risotto
Brought out to you in a big old block of cheese! Yes, do This at your next dinner party! Waiter mixes in extra cheese and it's all yum.

Musha, Torrance, CA - Green Tea Parfait
Green Tea Parfait
What a delicious way to finish! From the bottom: Corn flakes (brilliant!), whipped cream, sweet red bean ("an"), green tea ice cream, strawberries and those cigar cookies things.

Musha, Torrance, CA Musha, Torrance, CA - Green Tea Parfait
Yeah. That was good.

If you are in the South Bay or Santa Monica, visit one of Musha's restaurants for some izakaya.

Musha (near the Mitsuwa plaza)
1725 W Carson St @ Western, Ste B
Torrance, CA 90501 (310) 787-7344
Hint - Get there before they open for dinner at 6 pm!
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love Musha and I love izakaya. I am so sad that I'm so far away from such delicious-ness. Thanks for letting me "drool" vicariously through your pics!

KK said... [Reply to comment]

That risotto is calling my name!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a great looking meal! I don't know much about Japanese food -- is it unusual to see cheese risotto on the menu?

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Tim, I haven't seen risotto on a menu at a Japanese place before, but I think that reflects the fusion aspect of Musha. They have Korean kimchee dishes on the menu and many other fusion items.

sara angel said... [Reply to comment]

Hey! I'm from the South Bay! I've never been to that restaurant before though...looks yummy!

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

oh gadd i love the izakaya take on the sundae! we have izakayas in vancouver that sell such sundaes, but instead of the cookie cigar things they serve it with a giant pocky stick!

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