Torihei is a strip mall izakaya with long lines and fantastic robata. Make a reservation if you can, otherwise, they hold some tables for the line of walk-ins. When you do eventually sit down, pick something from the long and affordable list of sake and shoju, and then order the karaage and xiao long bao oden (Chinese-style shrimp dumplings in Japanese hot pot) to start. The robata choices are all excellent, just make sure your order includes the butter scallops and wasabi beef tongue.
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King’s Hawaiian Bakery
King’s Hawaiian Bakery is a great bakery specializing in malasadas in Torrance.
Sushi Yoshi in Torrance is strip mall spot and a very good place for affordable sushi.
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Uerukamu is a casual sushi restaurant that’s perfect for lunch or a midweek dinner.
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