The Old Torrance neighborhood in which Kagura is situated isn’t much of a looker, but step into the restaurant and the mood instantly switches from gritty to Zen. Clean lines, dark woods, and cozy cubbies create a real sense of calm. Here at this convivial Japanese oasis, Tokyo native Kentaro Masuda prepares the city’s best tonkatsu, a masterfully deep-fried pork cutlet that is evenly golden on the outside and juicy throughout.
Every katsu meal begins with a bowl of shiro goma (white sesame seeds) and a sturdy pestle. Grind the seeds into a fine powder before pouring in the house-made katsu sauce from the accompanying pitcher. This salty, nutty, and thick condiment pairs exceedingly well with the rich slabs of katsu.
While the tonkatsu is strong enough to stand alone, ordering it as part of a set menu is the way to go. The gozen includes chawanmushi (savory egg custard), cabbage salad, marinated edamame (soy beans), a variety of pickled vegetables, hijiki (sea vegetable) salad, choice of white or “grain” rice, and a pork-based miso soup for just a few dollars more. Complimentary hojicha (roasted green tea) arrives at the close of the meal.
1652 Cabrillo Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
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