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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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.
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Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop is an excellent Hawaiian diner in a bowling alley in Gardena.
Kotohira is a tiny noodle shop in a Gardena strip mall with a giant menu of udon, ranging from curry to creamy to green mochi.
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Matsuhisa is the Beverly Hills restaurant that launched the Nobu empire, and there’s no sushi place that feels more LA.
Tokyo Hamburg is a rowdy Japanese restaurant in Koreatown that feels like a party from the moment you walk in.
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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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