Gaja Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2383 Lomita Blvd 102

    Lomita, CA 90717

    Map & Directions
  • 310-534-0153

About Gaja Japanese Restaurant

Hours
Sat-Sun: 11:30am-3pm, Thu: 6pm-11pm, Tue: 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm

Food

Food
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I'm not a big fan of "eggs" but was willing to give this place a try at the encouragement of my friend. I knew I'd be in for trouble because of the whole okonomiyaki experience involves cooking with eggs so after going back and forth on the menu, we decided to have the same thing except mine would be eggless. I'd have to say my Gaja experience was okay. The Hispanic waiter was really helpful in terms of explaining their menu and helping us start the cooking.

3
★★★☆☆

I'm not a big fan of "eggs" but was willing to give this place a try at the encouragement of my friend. I knew I'd be in for trouble because of the whole okonomiyaki experience involves cooking with eggs so after going back and forth on the menu, we decided to have the same thing except mine would be eggless. I'd have to say my Gaja experience was okay. The Hispanic waiter was really helpful in terms of explaining their menu and helping us start the cooking.

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This is a fun experience since Gaja specializes DIY okonomiyaki. Food itself is just so so, after all, it is just okonomiyaki. We ordered couple sides, good variety, but nothing special. It's a small place with few hot pan for cooking, so it could get crowded w/ a wait line. Will go again just because it is so fun to cook and drink some beer.

2
★★★★☆

This is a fun experience since Gaja specializes DIY okonomiyaki. Food itself is just so so, after all, it is just okonomiyaki. We ordered couple sides, good variety, but nothing special. It's a small place with few hot pan for cooking, so it could get crowded w/ a wait line. Will go again just because it is so fun to cook and drink some beer.

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Indulging in Okonomiyaki is more than just a dining experience. I have not yet been to a place outside of Japan that does it just right until I walked into Gaja. This is THE PLACE for Okonomiyaki lovers out there who are in search of an authentic experiencethis is after being stuck in traffic on Harbor Freeway for an hour just to get there from downtown LA! I recommend going there not expecting to be seated right away since there seem to be a waiting list every day of the week. I ordered Spicy Seafood Okonomiyaki with some warm house sake which complimented the food just right. One order of Spicy Seafood didnt quite hit the spot for two of us so we ordered a Mushroom Udon Stir Fry which wasnt as good as the actual Okonomiyakiguess the Law of Diminishing Returns apply here.

2
★★★★★

Indulging in Okonomiyaki is more than just a dining experience. I have not yet been to a place outside of Japan that does it just right until I walked into Gaja. This is THE PLACE for Okonomiyaki lovers out there who are in search of an authentic experiencethis is after being stuck in traffic on Harbor Freeway for an hour just to get there from downtown LA! I recommend going there not expecting to be seated right away since there seem to be a waiting list every day of the week. I ordered Spicy Seafood Okonomiyaki with some warm house sake which complimented the food just right. One order of Spicy Seafood didnt quite hit the spot for two of us so we ordered a Mushroom Udon Stir Fry which wasnt as good as the actual Okonomiyakiguess the Law of Diminishing Returns apply here.

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I was craving for okonomiyaki, and ever since I moved back to LA from SF, I was looking for a place that serves it. I found it here, and it was great. The restaurant was filled on a Tuesday night, half with Japanese nationals and half with a diverse crowd of foodies. Great okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and fried rice! Try to pork kimchee yakisoba.
Definitely will go back!

2
★★★★★

I was craving for okonomiyaki, and ever since I moved back to LA from SF, I was looking for a place that serves it. I found it here, and it was great. The restaurant was filled on a Tuesday night, half with Japanese nationals and half with a diverse crowd of foodies. Great okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and fried rice! Try to pork kimchee yakisoba.
Definitely will go back!

Cons: Service a bit slow

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This is one of perhaps two restaurants in the Los Angeles, perhaps all of Southern California, that serves Japanese pancakes known as 'okanimiyake.' They specialize in the pancakes in the style of the Kansei region, but also offer the Tokyo variety as well. Basically you pick the type of pancake you want from the menu, they bring out the ingredients and batter, and you fry it right there on the table. It is a lot of fun, though of course you need to be careful since the cooking surface gets prettyhot.

So far this is the only Japanese restaurant we have run into in Southern California that pours sake the way it is poured in Japanese bars. The glass sits inside a saucer and they fill the glass until it is overflowing. You have to lean over and sip from the glass before you can pick it up. When you finish the glass you can drain the saucer. In Japan I don't think they use a saucer, however, they use a wooden box.

5
★★★★★

This is one of perhaps two restaurants in the Los Angeles, perhaps all of Southern California, that serves Japanese pancakes known as 'okanimiyake.' They specialize in the pancakes in the style of the Kansei region, but also offer the Tokyo variety as well. Basically you pick the type of pancake you want from the menu, they bring out the ingredients and batter, and you fry it right there on the table. It is a lot of fun, though of course you need to be careful since the cooking surface gets prettyhot.

So far this is the only Japanese restaurant we have run into in Southern California that pours sake the way it is poured in Japanese bars. The glass sits inside a saucer and they fill the glass until it is overflowing. You have to lean over and sip from the glass before you can pick it up. When you finish the glass you can drain the saucer. In Japan I don't think they use a saucer, however, they use a wooden box.

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