Sakuraya

★★★★★

About Sakuraya

Hours
Mon, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Wed - Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Sun, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Closed Tuesdays

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The first time I purchased a couple of "pink" mochis at Sakuraya was in 1970!!!! The elderly owner looked frail even then. But his son has taken over and the recipe is identical. Prices are amazingly low still after decades in business.

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★★★★★

The first time I purchased a couple of "pink" mochis at Sakuraya was in 1970!!!! The elderly owner looked frail even then. But his son has taken over and the recipe is identical. Prices are amazingly low still after decades in business.

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I have lived in Japan but the sweets from this place says home to me. I now live in the Pacific NW & the few who make manju here are definitely not up to quality. Besides some of them charge up to $3.50 or more a piece. I don't know how this guy keeps his prices so low. I buy 30 - 50 pieces @ a time & immediately put them in the freezer when I get home as they are made preservative free. When this guy retires, there will no longer be anyone to take over. I will be in deep trouble when this happens...

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★★★★★

I have lived in Japan but the sweets from this place says home to me. I now live in the Pacific NW & the few who make manju here are definitely not up to quality. Besides some of them charge up to $3.50 or more a piece. I don't know how this guy keeps his prices so low. I buy 30 - 50 pieces @ a time & immediately put them in the freezer when I get home as they are made preservative free. When this guy retires, there will no longer be anyone to take over. I will be in deep trouble when this happens...

Pros: hole in the wall, artisan Japanese sweets...

Cons: sakura mochi, my favorite, is made for 6 weeks in the spring

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These guys make mochi on premise. Always fresh. Once you taste fresh mochi, you will never buy the store stuff. Sometimes they run out of product in the afternoon so go early.

4
★★★★☆

These guys make mochi on premise. Always fresh. Once you taste fresh mochi, you will never buy the store stuff. Sometimes they run out of product in the afternoon so go early.

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This blows Mikawaya out of the water. Seems like they bake stuff only once a day and once they're out, you'll have to come the next day.

You'll get spoiled once you start buying your goodies from here. Cannot beat the freshness compared to the other chain stores.

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★★★★★

This blows Mikawaya out of the water. Seems like they bake stuff only once a day and once they're out, you'll have to come the next day.

You'll get spoiled once you start buying your goodies from here. Cannot beat the freshness compared to the other chain stores.

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the mochi (Japanese rice cake) and manju they sell are excellent. The mochi here is incredibly soft. I love the white mochi that has a sweet red bean paste filling. At $0.95 per piece, buying a box of these isn't overly expensive and makes for a great gift, but it's hard for me to part with them.

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★★★☆☆

the mochi (Japanese rice cake) and manju they sell are excellent. The mochi here is incredibly soft. I love the white mochi that has a sweet red bean paste filling. At $0.95 per piece, buying a box of these isn't overly expensive and makes for a great gift, but it's hard for me to part with them.

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15 to 20 years ago there were still a number of manju stores left in LA and OC. Alas, most are no more. Of those that remain, Sakuraya is the best I know. The mochi is smooth and not overly sweet. The staff kindly remind customers to eat ohagi the day they buy it because it doesn't keep well. From the outside it looks like it hasn't changed from the 1970s. On the inside the mochi and manju take Japanese American Nisei and Sansei a step back in time. I hope the owners keep it going for as long as possible. I love passing through the South Bay area so I have an excuse to buy a box of a dozen or so manju to take home.

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★★★★★

15 to 20 years ago there were still a number of manju stores left in LA and OC. Alas, most are no more. Of those that remain, Sakuraya is the best I know. The mochi is smooth and not overly sweet. The staff kindly remind customers to eat ohagi the day they buy it because it doesn't keep well. From the outside it looks like it hasn't changed from the 1970s. On the inside the mochi and manju take Japanese American Nisei and Sansei a step back in time. I hope the owners keep it going for as long as possible. I love passing through the South Bay area so I have an excuse to buy a box of a dozen or so manju to take home.

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It doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't be deceived, what's inside is fresh, soft soft omanju (Japanese confection made from rice and beans). YUM.

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★★★★★

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't be deceived, what's inside is fresh, soft soft omanju (Japanese confection made from rice and beans). YUM.

 

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