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Member Reviews (6)
- Musha RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Oct 30, 2013
After reading other peoples reviews about the food, I tried to lower my expectations so I won't be disappointed. Their food was good and I loved their service. Their cheese risotto is a must if you love cheese!!! It took a while for them to prepare it. My taste buds are still smiling :)
The atmosphere was very interesting. They were playing Mexican music every now and then, which cracked me up.
- Musha RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Feb 23, 2013
Tapas meets Izakaya Iron Chef!
Just like many Sushi shops in the US have catered to the local tastes and ingredients to create fancy rolls with cream cheese, concocted mexican flavored sake shooters and the like, so have the Japanese borrowed many ideas and tried to be creative and different with many of their old stand by dishes to be different in Japan and here.
Musha, being close to the US HQ of Toyota and the ex-pat Japanese communities in the Carson-Torrance industrial area and the traditional Nissei population of Gardena, has a Japanese food base infused with popular food trends of non-Japanese roots. The formula works out pretty good for a hip, trendy, non-traditional Izakaya in a traditional setting that has captured the imagination of young foodies, both American and Japanese, who probably also like their share of Philadelphia Rolls.
The traditional part is the wait and cooking staff are all young Japanese student types, led by the older and professional Saito-san, the main cook behind the counter. In the tradition of an energetic team, they shout out annoucements to each other like in many of Japan's similar type restaurants. The decor is non-descript down home Japanese. There are about 9 small tables, a counter for 8, and the community table that can seat about 20.
The food is definitely not traditional. There are no straight forward comfort dishes like donburi, udon, etc. All dishes are unique creations blending international trends into a Japanese sensibility.
The concept appears to be based on Tapas for Japanese. I think I heard Spanish disco music, definitely not J-pop playing. Each dish is creative and often presented in a more western stacked presentation. You've got to love the creativity if nothing else, and the fatty western flavors mixed with deep fried or BBQ Japanese dishes are perfect for those who like impact tastes over traditional asian harmonies.
I had the MFC - Musha Fried Chicken ($7.80) a deep fried karaage type served with Ponzu sauce and garnished with minced daikon raddish and tiny chopped chive confetti. I also tried Buta Kimchee, a stir-fried combination of button, portabello and other mushrooms mixed with Korean Kimchee ($6.80) and served with a dallop of mayonaise. Both were well prepared and good. Add 22 oz Asahi Super Dry for $6.00.
This is definitely the place to bring a group, sit at the community table, and share a lot of fun dishes and imbibe in a lot of adult beverages. If you come here on a weekday before 7pm, you will have no trouble getting a table.
- Musha RestaurantJan 07, 2013
Musha, I was expecting a lot from you after hearing so many good things about you but I'd rate you 3.5 stars out of 5. =/
Don't get me wrong, I tried to like Musha til the very end. But most of the food there are just "good." Nothing spectacular in the sense of "oh-em-gee-I'm-craving-musha-i-need-to-go-pronto!" The only thing that really caught my attention was the infamous cheese risotto. Dude, I wish I knew how to make that. But nothing else about Musha impressed me. My boyfriend who is also a foodie felt the same way. Maybe I'll give Musha another try someday and hopefully I'll understand the hype next time around.
- Musha RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 17, 2012
One of my favorite restaurants in the LA area. LOOOVE Musha!
The menu can seem daunting to those unfamiliar with Japanese tapas, but the staff is very friendly and full of recommendations. Here are my list of absolutely must tries:
- the cheese risotto, which is scooped out of a $400 chunk of parmigiano reggiano.
- french baguette stuffed with scallops and cheese
- beef tongue, lightly grilled and then sprinkled with salt and lemon juice
Dishes such as the ebi mayo mayo (much like the Chinese dish walnut shrimp), pork belly and the grilled chicken leg are also fantastic but not as imperative. I've tried mostly everything on the menu and so far nothing has been even slightly disappointing. It's roughly $5-7 a dish, so dinners come to about $20-30 a person.
Like most izakayas, the place is small and cozy, so make a reservation if you're planning on going during the weekend!
- Musha RestaurantJul 05, 2012
I hosted a large meetup event for 26 people here back in May which featured a twelve-course meal for attendees. Saito and Cristian were very helpful in coming up with a menu which would fit in our budget and showcase the restaurant's cuisine, and the large middle table was perfect for us.
Dishes here are izakaya-style, which is essentially Japanese tapas, so small plates meant to be shared. The favorites of the night were the kakuni (pork belly), udon vongole (udon noodles with Manila clams and mushrooms sauteed in butter), and the cheese risotto, which is served out of a huge slice from a Parmesan cheese wheel. Nothing was to die for, but everything was tasty and everyone left satisfied.
If you like to sing, Max Karaoke is just across the parking lot.
- Musha RestaurantFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
I like this place alot, izakaya style but kind of a fusion restaurant though. Make sure you make reservations. I love the long table in the middle. You can actually make conversation with the person next to you!
I think a great date spot. I like this place better than the other location in Santa Monica.
The risotto dish is very good.