Gaja Japanese Restaurant

Neighborhoods: Lomita
Cuisine: Japanese, Healthy, Barbecue

Gaja Japanese Restaurant is a Japanese, Healthy, and Barbecue restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 4/18/2015

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  • 3/16/2015

    A Japanese chowhound from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

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 La Crescenta, CA

Okonomiyaki is the type of food where it's fun...

Okonomiyaki is the type of food where it’s fun to make because you cook it yourself. If you go to Japan normally you have to cook it yourself. and it’s fun! The food is great and I have to say it’s authentic. The owner and workers are real nice. even if they might not know english that well

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 Pasadena, CA

Okonomiyaki Heaven

I found this place mentioned on Chowhound while looking for Japanese restaurants in LA that serve okonomiyaki. Much to my surprise I found a place that, like many places in Japan, let you cook it yourself!

You can order the okonomiyaki cooked in the kitchen, but it’s more fun to cook it yourself. Each teppan grill sits 4-6 people. They give you a flyer with instructions on how to cook the okonmiyaki. They offer the typical style of okonmiyaki as well as the soft goopy Tokyo-style monjya yaki, and the noodley Hiroshima-style okonmiyaki.

You may want to start off with the normal okonomiiyaki, and do your research before you try the other styles. My first time here we were totally confused about the monjya yaki and ended up putting the liquidy mess back into the bowl. We looked up videos and instructions online until it made sense and we’ve enjoyed it at Gaja every time since.

Some of their staff have very heavy accented English. If you need help with your okonmiyaki cooking, try to catch the skinny old guy with the glasses and beard.

Pork Okonomiyaki

The meat is yummy. The whole thing is yummy – a very typical okonomiyaki. Cook the meat first, breaking it up into smaller pieces with the spatulas. Mix it back into the okonomiyaki batter and then pour the entire thing onto the grill.

Mochi, Cheese, & Spicy Cod Roe Monjya Yaki

Yummy food to relax and enjoy with friends. Eating monjya yaki is a true communal dining experience. Mix up the ingredients in the bowl well. Pick the mixture out of the liquid and onto the grill, don’t pour out the liquid yet. Cook the cabbage mixture on the grill for a little bit, and as it starts to get thick, spread it out to make a large circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to make a well in the middle that you can pour the leftover liquid into. First measure out 60cc (I think) of the monjya sauce and mix it into the liquid that’s left in your bowl. Gently pour that liquid into the well you made on the grill, walled in by the cooking cabbage, cheese, mochi, and cod roe. Let it sit there until the liquid boils in the center. Gently fold in the sides and mix up the entire thing. Spread it out to cover the majority of the grill. Take your mini spatulas, scoop up bits along the edges and enjoy.


When we walked in everyone was japanese and the waiter's ...

When we walked in everyone was japanese and the waiter’s english wasn’t so good. It was alright. Would have to give it a second try to be sure. Definitely, have to get the hang of it cuz this is a place where you cook your own food. But if you really want, the kitchen in the back will make it for you also.

February 12, 2009

Fun Fun Fun

This is a fun experience since Gaja specializes DIY okonomiyaki. Food itself is just so so, after all, it is just okonomiyaki. We ordered couple sides, good variety, but nothing special. It's a small place with few hot pan for cooking,…

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Gaja Japanese Restaurant is located near the cities of Harbor City, West Carson, Walteria, Rolling Hills Estates, and Los Angeles County.
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