Nestled within an unassuming strip mall, opening Daichan’s glass door is like peeling back the closet door to Narnia. It’s one of those hole-in-the-wall spots you almost want to keep secret, but love too much not to brag about. Inside, you’ll find red walls dripping in Asian antiques and trinkets, dimly lit lanterns, Buddha caricatures, picture frames, Chinese quotes on banners—it’s as if an Asian souvenir shop exploded, but in the most charming way possible. Beyond curry-scented aromas, sizzling tempura and other tantalizing fare, you’ll discover an entire section dedicated to succulent Japanese-style poke. Choose from selections of fresh snapper, tuna, salmon, albacore, yellowtail, toro, scallop and more, mixed with seaweed, green onion, pickled ginger, delicate shoyu sauce and served over a bed of lettuce and white, brown, or Hijiki seaweed rice for $12-$16. Swig down these perfectly portioned one-size bowls with a cold Sapporo for an intimate date night or casual night out with the gang. Be warned: it’s a small space, so expect at least a 20-30 minute wait most nights.
11288 Ventura Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-9pm; Sat Noon-3pm, 5-9pm|
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