【LA Dinner】Even if you don’t like a raw fish, don’t worry – you can still enjoy SUSHI at “CASA ARIGATO” in LA!

16.April.2017 | FOOD

This article is based on the blog, 和ごころLA (Wagokoro LA) which is about sightseeing in LA and the American way of living.

This is report about a popular Sushi restaurant near Redondo Beach.

 

The name of the sushi restaurant is “CASA ARIGATO” which means “thank you for the umbrella”. It was originally located near the Torrance inland area in the past but it has since moved to along PHC. There is a sign saying SUSHI & BAR CAFÉ with a lantern saying “coffee”.

If  you go in, you’ll see a sushi counter and poppy wall art.It’s not a traditional Japanese style atmosphere in there. It has a more casual style and there are many young workers so that you can go there easier.

When I was hesitant about what to buy, I found “steamed sushi”. One of the popular menus for workers was “Ocean Gaudium” so I ordered it.

Salmon, bass, eel, shellfish, shrimp, ikura and sushi rice were steamed softly. Because the ingredients were steamed,  it didn’t have that fishy smell and the taste was very soft.

 

I pretty much like all kinds of raw food, so I can eat Sushi as usual. Sushi is getting popular  all over the world but some people still don’t like to eat raw fish. It’s good idea to eat “steamed sushi” to begin your Sushi adventure!

Of course, there is also normal Sushi made by Japanese professional chefs. Ikura and sea urchin are highly recommended!

This area is famous for crab so I ordered crab shu-mai too.  The texture was very soft and I really liked it. Plus, the iced coffee costs only 3$.

You can go there by yourself and spend time using Wi-Fi. It opens at 11:00 to 15:00 in the morning and 17:00 to 22:00 in the evening.

 

You can go there with your boyfriend/girlfriend,  do your work using a computer, or you can just go there to eat wonderful sushi!

There are a lot of other Japanese food such as curry rice, tendon and tekkadon as lunch menu.

You can experience real Japanese food even in America!

 

The Wagokoro LA site has been checking out “how close is this food to real Japanese food?”. You should check it out from the link below:

http://la-life.info/casaarigato/

 

■Information

Casa Arigato

Address:629 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website:http://www.casaarigato.com/

Parking:Behind the shop

Food:Sushi, Coffee, and other Japanese food

Service:Wi-Fi

 

Source:Wagokoro LA

Lives in Los Angeles. Studied abroad in LA→Worked as a publisher→Married internationally. I live in America, but I love Japanese flavours, so I rate restaurants based on their level of authentic Japanese flavour. This is my blog: a Japanese person and my life living abroad in Los Angeles.

 

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    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

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    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 ー 15:30 (L.O.15:00)  Dinner: 17:00 ー 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

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    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
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    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/ (The website is scheduled to open during mid October) 

     

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    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

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    The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.

     

    The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.

    Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480

    The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.

    The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.

     

    The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.

    Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”

     

    Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.

    Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500

    If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.

    What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

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    On 20th April, a new sushi restaurant called Osushi to washoku hatanaka opened in front of JR Kanazawa station, Ishikawa prefecture.

     

    The restaurant’s sushi is made by 29-year-old Ayako Hatanaka, who has had many years of experience training at Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and even at a top-class sushi restaurant in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Talented staff who have experience working abroad have been specially chosen to work here, and so foreigners can stop by this restaurant to order sushi with no trouble at all!

    The restaurant building was once a traditional Kanazawa Machiya merchant house that was built straight after WWII. For the purpose of the restaurant, it was renovated but still maintains the graceful Japanese-style atmosphere The building was formerly used by a fish dealer and so the restaurant decor includes an old fashioned store signboard.

    The menu is filled with sushi made using fish freshly caught from Kanazawa Port. There are also many vegetable side dishes made from vegetables which were nurtured to contain lots of nutrients. The vegetables are sourced from the Hokuriku region, which is the northwestern region of Honshu; Japan’s main island. You can also enjoy the flavour of natural wine as the drinks menu includes Japanese alcohol sourced from the Hokuriku region.

     To celebrate the grand opening, MotionGallery is holding a grand funding event which aims to not only raise money to support the business but will also make it possible to purchase 25% off meal tokens! Already, the funding project has raised over two million yen, which is almost three times the amount that the fund aimed to raise.

     

     

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    TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.

     

    As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.

    Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.

  • 3-Starred Michelin Sushi Chef Opens First Branch in Tokyo

    01.April.2019 | FOOD

    Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa owns a famous sushi restaurant in Hokkaido called Sushi Miyakawa. He is set to bring his legendary menu to Tokyo with his first ever branch in the capital called Sushi Shin by Miyakawa which will open on the 38th floor of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on April 6, 2019. Online reservations will begin on April 2 at 10:00am (JST).

    There are just five sushi restaurants in Japan that hold three Michelin stars. Masaki Miyakawa is set to bring his decades of sushi experience to sushi lovers in the capital. He will dish out fresh fish and ingredients all shipped from Hokkaido to the restaurant every day.

    One example of the sushi served at the restaurant is the sea urchin sushi which is seasoned perfectly with wasabi and salt and wrapped delicately in seaweed before topping the rice with sweet sea urchin eggs. Each ingredient’s exquisite and delicious flavour is brought out to the max while maintaining a palatable balance.

    The restaurant’s decor too has been thoughtfully considered by Masaki Miyakawa, who will make use of designs crafted by some of the best artisans in Japan. For example, the chairs are made by Shinobu Tanihata, who is famous as a craftsman of kumiko, a traditional wood crafting technique with a history spanning over 1300 years. The restaurant counter is made from cypress wood from a tree that is over 350-years-old while the walls were designed by Japanese mud wall designer Shūhei Hasado.

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