El Segundo is unexpectedly one of the hottest new restaurant destinations in recent memory, most likely because of the busy tech sector sprouting in Playa Vista and the Westside, as well as LAX nearby. With Sausal now open on the main drag, and The Point launching places like Superba Food + Bread, it was only time before Kagura joined the ranks.
The classy Japanese restaurant with traditional fare in Torrance has opened a sleek new location in Downtown El Segundo along Main Street as of last week. Though Little Tokyo's version is more of the izakaya type, this northern South Bay locale takes more cues from the Torrance original, with a stellar variety of fried tonkatsu options.
Also find everything from sashimi and sushi to large set meals offering a slate of pickled veggies, tempura, and meats. An early favorite is the shabu shabu gozen, which comes with a mini hot pot, sliced meat, and a bevy of accoutrements. Wash it down with a wide set of sakes and beers.
Like the Torrance edition, this Kagura has plenty of private-style dining that's popular with businesspeople taking out clients, though there's a large communal table and sushi bar for those who want to have a more interactive meal. Currently serving dinner only.
403 Main Street
El Segundo, CA