West LA, CA
This is another favorite Japanese restaurant of mine where you can get freshly made soba and udon noodles — hot or cold. Their menu boasts a bounty of delicious appetizers including stir fried spicy squid, pork tonkatsu, steamed shrimp shumai, stir fried eggplant w/miso. There is always a wonderful selection of sushi and sashimi specials as well. Eat at the bar with a date and/or bring the kids.