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- Mitsuwa MarketplaceMember ofNightlife LoversLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jan 31, 2013
Some time long ago in the previous century, I was living in Japan, and when you went to a large department store in Japan back then, like Seibu near Tokyo, it would always have an entire floor of restaurants and food in addition to the many floors of retail department store mechandise. It was the precursor to the food court at a US shopping mall.
The American's finally realized what the Japanese already knew: that if you have a variety of places for your valued customers to eat where they shop, they would stay around and shop longer, spending more money (and not going elsewhere!) So this is an early case of Americans copying the Japanese instead of vice-versa, and improving on it. Now every US mall has a food court, and now also many chain restaurants. It didn't used to be that way, folks!
Mitsuwa is a great Japanese grocery store that reminds me of being in Japan. First, it has all groceries Japanese. Unlike 99 Ranch, which is mostly Chinese with a lot of Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Japanese and other Asian foodstuffs, Mitsuwa is almost completely Japanese food. Well, they may have Hagen-Daaz ice cream, but they also have Rubuki and Maeda-En brand ice cream, offering Japanese classic Green Tea and Azuki Bean flavors.
The store is clean and well organized (uh, unlike Chinese and Vietnamese counterparts! Sorry, its true!). They have all the pre-cut meats for Japanese dishes, like Sukiyaki, Shabu Shabu, etc. Prepared Bento sushi and other takeaway and eat stuff. Pan, Arare, Nori, whatever you need, they got it here!
One of my new discoveries is Takitate Gohan. (3 pack, $4.49). This is instant rice on the go. Just cut open, microwave a couple of minutes, and you have decent hot rice! (Don't need to refrigerate before cooking!) I have some in my Hotel room right now! I recommend it for those who can't travel without rice, or need to eat it at every meal (I know people like this! Brings their own rice to a restaurant! I am not kidding!)
But the best thing about the Mitsuwa Marketplace is the 4 food concession restaurants inside:
1. Santouka - specializes in Ramen dishes
2. Misasa - Mostly Donburi
3. Sanuki Sandou - Udon and Soba noodles
4. Tokyo Hanten - Chinese dishes, many with Gyoza
The food court has maybe 35 tables and another 20 or so stools to eat at. And these little restaurants have the plastic food bowls in display windows so you can see what they offer, just like those restaurants in Japan did, on the 8th floor of the Seibu Departo, near Tokyo, way back in the last century!
- Mitsuwa MarketplaceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Sep 25, 2013
When I used to live in Venice, this was my goto place for everything-- groceries, snacks, lunch. Mitsuwa has a great selection of Japanese groceries but also the wonderful Japanese treats, snacks and the best instant ramen (I'm NOT talking Top Ramen). In addition to the market, there is a killer food court that is worth the trip alone. I like coming here for some udon or ramen, but there are other options like rice bowls and takoyaki (fried balls of octopus).Recommended for:
- Mitsuwa MarketplaceMay 23, 2013
Summary: This Mitsuwa is decent. I'd probably put it in the middle of the Mitsuwa Pack. A bit smaller than the ones in Costa Mesa and Torrance. The dining court has only 4 restaurants i think (1 of them is in the process of opening i believe)
Parking: Parking lot or street. Can be a bit difficult sometimes. *Warning: Parking lot has lot of speed bumps.
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- Mitsuwa MarketplaceJan 31, 2013
Japanese market, with Japanese groceries and products~! One of few places where you can get a box of uni/sea urchin roe, and fresh wasabi root! Not only that, but also skin care, shampoos, sakes, and shochus. It's a wonderland of things to buy!