My wife and I recently moved here to the area a few months ago and just started getting a feel for the area. We've been trying out places and are glad that we found Izakaya Kan Yuzen in Torrance. This place we feel is the best Izakaya out there. My wife (born and raised 28 years in Japan) thought this place was great. We had the beef yakitori, a tofu dish, and some others I can't remember at the moment. The restaurant is nice and clean, service is great and food is awesome.
This place isn't cheap however, but is by far better than places like Honda-ya, which I think is way overrated. Definetly check this place out.