10914 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006434.039344 -118.429777
Neighborhoods: West Los Angeles, West LA
Sushi factory – Where to start? Most of the sushi chefs don't speak japanese. I sat at the sushi bar and witness fish butchered like never. Not sure the fish was cut with the right side of the blade. The presentation is a disaster. The taste, barely a notch up from your local grocery store sushis.
Excellent Service – I really like this place and delicious food! I was very impressed.
I will absolutely be back.
Terrific Lunch – We loved the food, especially their rice and dressing. When we asked if we could buy their dressing (they do not sell, but), the waiter brought a container filled with the dressing for us to take it home. Very nice service. Dinner may be expensive, but lunch is reasonable.
Good but nothing spectacular – The sushi is good and the rice is definitely unique, in a good way. I ordered a combination, which was mediocre quality compared to the sushi off the menu. I highly recommend trying their rice. For alternatives, I like Yabu.
Terrific Food. Not your typical Japanese restaurant. – The food is very good. Pork toro was tasty. Lamb was tasty. Scallops were small, but good. The albacore sushi with fried onions was excellent. The other sushi was good, but there are better sushi restaurants if you just want sushi. Make sure you have some non sushi items. Even the home made custard for dessert was good. It is expensive. Two people, no alcohol, $170.
Editorial Review – The menu at Torafuku in Los Angeles is filled with authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi and charcoal grill dishes.
How Much Do You Love Rice? – Torafuku is most known for it's carefully prepared gohan which is cooked in heavy earthen pots, akin to how it was made in early Japan. The rice itself is different than the typical rice served in most Japanese restaurants today. Torafuku's rice is more round or pearl shaped. There is no denying they serve good rice but most people probably will not be able to appreciate the difference to justify the noticeable price difference. The menu features a great deep fried combo meal and a daily fresh sheet has the chef's selected fresh items. The pork belly is an especially good choice if it is available. Most people order a combo meal which is a good way to sample their famous rice and avoid the pricey ala carte menu. Torafuku has one of the best sake lists in LA with prices to match.
Rice, nothing but rice, please! – You come to Torafuku for one thing only, the rice! If you don't like rice or couldn?t tell the subtle flavor among various rice, this is not a place for you, or you would find everything over-priced. Torafuku's rice is pearl like, slightly round in shape and translucent, moist but not sticky. The taste is subtle yet flavorful, with a touch of sweetness on every mouthful. Order the hot dish, especially the home made tofu and salmon toban. Sometimes they would have a special of fish (usually Japanese Snapper) braised in sweet soy sauce, that alone could make 3 bowls ($3 each) of rice disappear. In order to preserve the rice's fullest flavor, they probably didn't vinegar too much of the sushi rice. So I think their sushi was missing just a bit. Rice from Torafuku, you?ve got to love it!
Good food but a little pricy – This place is nicer inside than it appears on the outside. The food is presented nicely and is pretty good. I'm not sure if it's worth the price as I found it pricey. A la carte items are the most expensive. We had a gift card so we didn't care though. Mon-Thu from 6-7 they have a combo deal that gives you a little bit of everything, fish, sashimi, tonkastu, shrimp, miso, and other stuff. The service seemed a little inconsistent..they were really nice but not sure if they had their act together.
Excellent food, a unique Japanese restaurant. – Though it's excellent, don't just order sushi here. Try the traditional rice dishes, and/or ask the waiter or waitress for some recommendations. All the food is excellent, and the presentation is exquisite. Prices can be a little steep by the time you're done if you order a la carte. Highly recommended.
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