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There’s a Seriously Cool New Casual Japanese Deli Hiding Out in Pasadena

The fast casual space could work for your daytime needs

Delicatessen by Osawa, Old Pasadena
Courtesy of Osawa
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

It’s opening time for Delicatessen by Osawa, an interesting new casual lunch option for Pasadena. The busy deli space comes by way of Sayuri Tachibe and husband/chef Shigefumi Tachibe, who have spent plenty of time in the neighborhood already thanks to their sit-down Japanese restaurant Osawa.

This fast casual outlet officially opens on Monday, May 22, but has been rolling through some soft opening hours this week. The plan with the market space is to curate a collection of hot and cold items to eat on site or take away in combination together, whether that’s sides like eggplant and tofu, or full salads, bento boxes, hot items like chicken karaage, or larger donburi dishes. The full opening menu is below.

The move to expand into a fast-casual component is a smart one for the Osawa team, and is similar to tactics being undertaken all over town these days. Across the city, The Mar Vista is set to open their own grab and go shop across Venice Boulevard soon, while new Thai Town hit Friends & Family has a large takeaway case for pre-made meals and ingredients. Hours for the Delicatessen by Osawa run 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Delicatessen by Osawa
851 Cordova St.
Pasadena, CA