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Torihei

asparagus with pork; half raw egg with salmon roe oden; fatty pork
limited special heart; “torihei” meatball; daikon oden
xiao long bao oden; homemade cheese nuggets; chicken thigh

Last night, we met up with some friends for dinner at Torihei, known for their yakitori and oden. Of the ones pictured above, my favorites were the chicken heart (who would’ve thought?), fatty pork (of course), and the cheese nuggets (fried cheese tofu – yum). This is just a sampling of all the little plates we tried – some that are notably missing are the liver skewers (which I liked, but no one else in the group really did – “too liver-y” was their verdict), the fried “Jidori” chicken, and the “Robata” rice ball, which were universally acclaimed. It was a little awkward trying to share the oden dishes among 5 people – it’s not like you can slurp and pass! Individual oden next time around!

The service was a little weird. I’m not sure if it was the language barrier or what, but the waitresses seemed really confused. Maybe it was our large party? We asked for two draft beers when we sat down…and then waited and waited. Then another waitress came around with drink menus and asked what we’d like. It took us a good 5 minutes to try to explain that we’d already ordered beers, but that we wanted to cancel those so we could just get a pitcher instead. Nothing rude or obnoxious, but…just confused.

Roo doesn’t really like these tapas-style places because he never feels full afterwards, but he said that the meal was more fulfilling than the ones we’ve had at nearby Musha. Personally, I like the wider variety of dishes at Musha, but it sure is nice having another option for good Japanese food so close to us.

Torihei
1757 W Carson St., Ste A
Torrance, CA 90501

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