Top choice japanese in San Fernando Valley

Tucked away in an unassuming mini-mall, and stuffed with knickknacks, pasted with posters and staffed by a sunny, sweet owner-operator, this offbeat, home-style Japanese diner offers some of the best (and tastiest) deals on Sushi Row. Fried seaweed tofu gyōza are divine and so are the bowls – especially the negitoro bowl, which puts fatty tuna over rice, lettuce and seaweed.

Others go for Japanese fried chicken and fish broiled or cooked nitsuke style in its own broth. Daichan has been serving poki since 1996, way before it became trendy, and the sake menu lets you taste four 50mL samplers for a bargain $15.

Valet parking is $5.