Little Tokyo: Curry and Fried Chicken at Torigoya

karaage and curry

karaage and curry

 

I’ve been stalking Torigoya ever since I heard it was opening. They’ve been open for dinner for months now but only recently opened for lunch. One day I walked by and saw an open sign so I decided to check it out. It was their soft opening for lunch and they had only one thing on offer. I got the curry of the day which was mostly veggies and a stray piece of chicken skin. But it was easily the best curry I’ve had. There was a rich creaminess to it that I swear comes from chicken fat.

That’s right, Torigoya is a poultry, mostly chicken restaurant. At night they’re better known for their yakitori (skewers!) but it’s all about Japanese comfort food during the day.

 

very well-curated menu

very well-curated menu

I said I’d be back when they open officially for lunch. When I next ventured over, they had 3 things on their very brief, well-curated menu. They have fried chicken (karaage), soboro (minced chicken) rice and that wonderful curry.

salad

salad

 

Each was $10 that included soup and salad. Or for $13, you can get two items (smaller portions of each). The salad may be iceberg but it has that tangy ponzu dressing I like.

chicken curry

chicken curry

 

This time the curry was all meat and it goes great if you add some of their bright red Japanese pickles. The soup is fairly standard miso soup.

Japanese fried chicken!

Japanese fried chicken!

 

I love, love, LOVE fried chicken and I’m still thinking about these delicious thigh pieces from a couple weeks ago. I almost wonder if they brine the chicken. They said they use Jidori chicken. Being a jaded LA eater, I thought everyone has Jidori chickens now. But I am questioning that because I’ve never had such juicy fried chicken. I almost wished I had only gotten the fried chicken but then I remembered I really like the curry as well.

ramen and soboro rice

ramen and soboro rice

 

On another day, they were offering ramen as a special. It wasn’t quite there. The light broth was good but I felt the noodles were a little mushy. I did like the duck slices and I used some of the broth in the soboro rice. The minced chicken is cooked in a sweet soy and topped with a raw quail egg.

They may have only 3 items on the menu so far but I’m going to make this a regular lunch spot. And I will check them out for dinner soon.

Torigoya

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 687-0690
 
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