So we had started a quest to hit all the places on Hawthorne from PCH up and one of the first (in block 1) was a Japanese-style Chinese place. Turns out it was great. Very fresh, nice mix of traditional dishes with a Japanese spin along with more Japanese stuff. We liked it enough we broke the rule and had it a few time in a month.
Of course then it shut-down and re-emerged as a regular Japanese place of which that part of town is full of.
I liked the concept enough to explore further. Anyone have any thoughts on similar places? I would love to add another one into our regular Japanese rotation of place for Tempura/Udon/Soba/Ramen/Curry/Sushi. If it is further up Hawthorn more the better.