Daichan is a stripmall spot on Ventura that specializes in “Japanese soul food.” There’s the spicy curry udon, Japanese-style fried chicken, cold soba, and gigantic tempura rice bowls. This is the kind of food you need after your co-worker admits she’s dating your ex and that it’s serious. That said, the main draw at this family-run cafe is the “original poki bowl”. Decades before chopped raw fish in plastic bowls became part of the LA food pyramid, Daichan was cranking out giant portions of fresh fish on top of rice and lettuce. Daichan is one of the most popular lunch spots in Studio City, and wait times generally run about a half hour.
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