One thing that I don't see much anymore is good simple Japanese food. It's hard to find a restaurant that does combinations with the classics, like tonkatsu (fried pork) and grilled salmon (without the teriyaki sauce).
A friend introduced me to At Home Kitchen in Gardena, it's at the old Bob's Okazuya on South Vermont, between Artesia and Gardena Blvd. For my friend to go twice in one week, I knew I had to try it.
I have to admit, the menu is a bit confusing, everything is a la carte. The menu starts off by telling you about the set, but to go with what?
The set is an additional $3, which includes miso soup, rice, and @Home Salad, your choice of mixed vegetable tempura, seafood poke, or a 4 pc. sushi roll.
The "@Home Salad" is actually two salads, a dressed green salad with a Japanese potato salad, it's more like a mashed potato salad on top.
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Grilled Salmon (a la carte $6.60)
ordered with the $3.00 set.
I opted for today's spicy tuna roll
The salmon was cooked perfectly,
the $3 is truly a bang for the buck!
Chicken Katsu $5.00
with the set
On this day, the 4 pc sushi was a California Roll
Usually the chicken katsu or tonkatsu (pork)
is thin and dry, they know how to cook a katsu here.
Agedashi Tofu $3.00
(Fried tofu in tempura sauce)
You add a $3.00 set and not a bad lunch for $6.00.
Haven't cut oranges like this
since working at a sushi bar.
It's good Japanese food AND at bargain prices! BTW, they have a daily Bento Box. Check the board to see the daily special, it's a bargain too at $7.80. The service was attentive and they cleared the table of completed dishes. They have a few small tables, I don't suggest going with more than 4 people.
I enjoyed it and will be back to try the bento box.
16814 South Vermont Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247
Monday - Saturday
10:30 am - 9 pm
Photos by Jay Terauchi