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Great time at Musha in Torrance (long)

beachgrub | Aug 29, 200502:46 PM

Had an early Saturday night dinner at Musha in Torrance. We have been to the one is Santa Monica but the branch in Torrance made us really feel like what it must be like on a big Saturday night in Tokyo.

Normally we don't go out on Saturday but both in the mood for something different. The place is quite a scene and was busy but we got seats at the bar right away. As is typical of the places we frequent in the area, special were written all over the place and on the menu in mostly Japanese with sparse English. We did a lot of pointing and sharing tips with the neighbors who were all in from Japan and spoke little English. But the international language of smiles and oogling each other's dishes worked well.

Started with two sake's from the fairly large list. The house salad of the day was a very nice Tuna Sashimi with spicy Ponzu sauce. We also ordered some edamame which were nice in a little bamboo steam basket.

Other specials we tried were the amazing house fresh Tofu with 3 sauces (ginger, plum, and seaweed salt). It was very good, more like ricotta or fresh farm cheese. I now see what the hype for fresh tofu is all about.

The special roll that we got after seeing the bar chef make it was a Tuna and Lobster spicy roll in Soybean paper. Very interesting.

Typhoon Char-Han was a spicy stir fried noodles that was much like the stir fried rice we often get with Ramen. At Ramen it feels more like leftover pork and veggies mixed in rice. Although I like that, this was a level above.

Next came Buta Kimchee which was stir fried pork with spicy kimchee. It was a little too much vinegar for my wife but I really liked it. Although I think that may have been the source of the exotic asian jungle dreams I had that night (or maybe that was the leeches bit in Tony Bourdain's show on Malaysia I saw early in the week).

Felt like something fried to finish up and pointed to something that sounded like fried Japanese pumpkin dumplings. The waitress suggested something to the effect that they didn't have that tonight but would bring something similar. We didn't really understand (one of us really needs to learn Japanese). But out came Kabocha dip. Which seems to be pumpkin dip served with crackers. Kind of interesting. Like spreading a pumpkin pie pate on crackers. But a bit more savory.

We also had a couple of draft Kirins so needed to rest before driving home and there was a nice little Boba cafe in the lot. So after almost finishing two boba's we went home and had to immediately beach our bloated selves.

Bill was $75 which seemed quite a bargain.

Next time we want to take a bigger group and take one of the big family sized tables in the middle. The people there were having quite a party, smoking up the place with the little grills that some of the courses have.

Definitely be back soon.

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