During our recent Los Angeles trip, my friends took me to Izakaya Hachi, a popular Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in Torrance.
Battera Mackerel Sushi
The boxed mackerel sushi looked quite pretty. I didn’t actually have any of it though as there is something about the raw flavor of mackerel that doesn’t agree with me.
Grilled Beef Tongue
This was my absolute favorite bite from our meal and it was so good that we ordered a second plate.
The beef tongue is sliced extra thick. My initial thought would be that this would make it quite hard to chew, but instead it gives it a meaty, steak-like texture that was really enjoyable.
The lightly battered croquettes were filled with a creamy crab mixture. I would have preferred more crab and a little less of the cream, which felt a little heavy and greasy.
Fried Gobo Chips
This is always a fun snack. Thinly sliced, these were crunchy and lightly seasoned.
Overall, we had a pretty good time here. We only ordered a few items as this was already our second stop of the evening. I’m not sure how I would have felt about the rest of the menu, but according to my friends, we ordered their main highlights. I would definitely return just for a couple more plates of the beef tongue.
1880 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501