Friday, July 29, 2005

Lunch break: Mishima

The area bounded by Highland, La Cienega, Olympic and Beverly is a virtual wasteland for finding reasonably-priced, interesting lunches. This happens to be the area available to me for lunch around my office, and I don't know if you've been to Farmer's Market this summer, but it's an absolute zoo there. Plus I was unimpressed with my recent soft shell crab sandwich at the Gumbo Pot, although a Chowhound poster recently said their crab cakes were good. So thank god for a few places like Mishima, where you can get away from the waits and attitude and inevitable tuna sandwiches at Toast or Joan's and have something more ethnically diverse. I usually get the nabeyaki udon at Mishima, but with the recent New Orleans-style weather, steaming noodle soup was hardly a possibility. So Ramin and I tried the bento box, which is a pretty darn good deal for $9.50.

The one we got had California rolls, raw tuna (not the finest grade, but perfectly adequate), a nice piece of broiled salmon, salad, rice, soup...pretty much everything you could want. My day goes much better when I eat a ton of fish for lunch...brain food or something...and this was plenty of fish, for sure. I like a lot of their other dishes too -- all the noodles, the tofu salad and the tuna salad. And sometimes they have coffee jello, one of my favorite Japanese desserts.
Mishima
8474 W. Third St.
(323) 782-0181

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hm... I used to live that area, and I recall some places that had reasonably-priced lunches. Tawanna Thai on Wilshire and Crescent Heights (6236 Wilshire Blvd) has pretty reasonable lunch specials and a nice green curry. You also might want to try Back Door Boba -- oh wait, I Googled to find the address and found that you'd reviewed it. Okay, so maybe we share tastes. Try Tawanna and let us know what you think.

Though there's nothing unusual about it, I also like El Burrito Jr. at 1018 S La Brea, just south of Olympic (on the east side of the road, easy to miss in the traffic). Pleasant people, pleasant decor (with bright, sunny, yellow walls), and cheap, yummy burritos -- the Super comes it at $5.

Michael said...

Mishima! Mishima! I used to go there all the time in the late 90s... but somehow fell off the wagon. Oh, how I miss getting the Ten Don combo. I'm going back!

BoLA said...

I prefer the Mishima in LA over the one in Torrance, and usually will order the same thing when I'm there - the 3 Hand Roll Combo with Udon (spicy tuna, eel, and california). I also order the Jozen Mizonogotoshi cold sake which is my all-time favorite sake. - Kristy

eatdrinknbmerry said...

i love mishima. the food is reasonably priced and you can choose from many combos. the service is good and i've never been disappointed with the food. the parking nazi is annoying though.

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