a few nights ago a friend invited me down to gardena/torrance area. so i had to bust one of my multi stop dinners.
started at otafuku. i wanted to try the handcut (i asked) sarashina soba noodles. i watched a whole program on these badboys flying jal to tokyo last month so i was pretty psyched.
we split an order of noodles, a beer and an appetizer. i apologized for the small order and explained my guerrilla style multi stop eating. they were sympathetic.
the noodles were very firm and chewy. like an elastic al dente.
we had them cold. they were nice enough to split the order for us with two different dipping glasses for our sauce.
after we were done they gave a small pitcher of hot water that the noodles were cooked in to drink. very traditional style.
personally i found the noodles a bit bland and kind of unexciting. kind of a bummer.
afterwards my friend took me to an izakaya restaurant that i cant remember the name of. like asakuma or something like that. there were a mixture of young japanese american, white, chinese and a few japanese japanese eating there. i'd say the main draw to this place is that its cheap.
they have a special that is two appetizers and two large beers for twelve dollars. not bad! the appetizers are: fried calamari, karaage, grilled mackerel. that sort of thing.
in addition we got some long cooked fatty pork that my friend loves, but i thought it was dry and overcooked. sort of like a bad version of a shanghainese pork pump.
oh yeah, we also got a grilled black cod that was so so. its hard to really screw that dish up.
i thought the food was so so. sort of a japanese version of a greasy spoon. if anyone is dying to find out the name of the place ill ask my friend and post it again.