Following up on J.L.'s review last year of Manten in JTown, I thought I'd start this new thread after seeing bicoastal Hound Lau post on this subject on the Manhattan board. Japanese Style Chinese food is under the radar compared to the more common Korean Chinese and Indian Chinese types of food. Looking at Manten's menu, you see recognizable dishes such as sweet and sour chicken, chashu, and chicken salad, but there's also items that you'd probably never see at a real Chinese restaurant. Stuff like stir fried beef liver with chives, pork with kimchee, and mixed fried rice and noodles. This is consistent with the only other Japanese Chinese restaurant I had been to, the departed China Table, formerly located in the Santouka food court in West L.,A., where I didn't recognize anything on their menu as being truly Chinese. (I mean, Chinese hamburger?) I think this food is meant to appeal to the everyday Japanese diner, as opposed to reflecting food from Japan's Chinatowns. I believe there's another Japanese Chinese restaurant over in the big Little Tokyo mall over at 3rd and Alameda, but I'm curious as to whether there are any others in the Gardena/Torrance area. Manten is at 456 E. Second St.
3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Little Tokyo Restaurant
150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773