Location: 3760 S Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. (310) 397-4676
Date: March 9, 2015 & February 26, 2016
Cuisine: Japanese Tempura
Rating: Darn good fried stuff
Inside the Mitsuwa Japanese marketplace in Mar Vista is a little mini Japanese food court. I’ve been in the supermarket, but not in a long time, and I guess the food court is either new (10 years new) or I didn’t notice it back then.
Hannosuke is famous for its tempura bowls. For those that don’t know, tempura is egg fried battered stuff. A technique brought to Japan by the Portuguese in the 17th century, but perfected by the Japanese.
#2 tempura bowl. Fried shrimp, conger eel, shisito pepper, seaweed, some boiled egg, and kakiage. The tempura is perfectly crispy/soggy, a specialty of this type. The sauce is pre-applied here. The kakiage was an odd mix of shrimp and vegetables, but was delicious. The anago (eel) was rich and flaky. All sorts of fried goodness. The seaweed had a nice crunch.
Giant shrimp. Two of the classics. Pretty much as good as this gets.
Extra eel and kakiage (it’s so good!).
Hot buckwheat soba.
Cold buckwheat soba.
Over at a different place I grabbed this sweet custard.
All in all, this is some great tempura, and I have to come back and try some udon or curry noodles too. Fun little “mini Japan” not far from our official Sawtelle Japantown.