Mitsuwa’s sleek, futuristic-looking grocery store and food court in Torrance’s Del Amo Mall is finally firing on all cylinders after a prolonged build out. The marketplace was mostly finished by the end of February, when it first opened to the public, but not all of the food stalls had been completed. Now, after a brutal pandemic and delays, every one of the stalls at Mitsuwa’s food court is operational, with many of the vendors opening in March and April. The only issue that indoor dining is still prohibited in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Thankfully, Mitsuwa had a contingency for this: an ample semi-covered outdoor dining area that still accommodates dozens of budget-seeking diners.
The food court opened with just three vendors initially: Tsukiji Gindaco, which serves takoyaki; Sutadon, which prepares sliced pork over rice; and Santouka, a ramen spot. Now mochi-filled Modo Donuts, curry-katsu shop Misasa, and udon specialist Mugimaru/Toritetsu are fully operational while dessert-focused J.Sweets and Hamada-ya Bakery are open toward the entrance of the grocery store.
Together, these restaurants work as one of the best Japanese food courts in the city, taking much of the success of Mitsuwa’s West LA food court but modernizing its look and layout. Plus, unlike West LA, there’s a big outdoor patio to eat curry-covered chicken katsu or tempura-topped hot udon bowls right away. Every stall does have dishes to go (this is Japanese fast food after all), plus the market has prepared items like sushi and sashimi, making Mitsuwa an affordable dining destination during these uncertain times.
To commemorate all of the openings, Mitsuwa is unleashing various specials on the weekend of September 26 and 27, including discounted grocery items and tons of giveaways at its food court, like $2.58 bowls of udon at Mugimaru, $5.95 curry rice at Misasa, and free ramen coupons from Santouka that come with a purchase. Check out the sleek food court and its outdoor dining areas below.