Japanese in Santa Monica

Musha feels like a traditional, homey izakaya (Japanese pub), but the cooking turns notions of traditional Japanese small plates upside down with decidedly non-traditional dishes such as spicy tuna dip with rice crackers, aburi saba (sliced mackerel blow-torched at your table), yuba shinjo (crispy tofu and shrimp dumplings) and Japanese-Italian fusion risotto presented to the table in a giant parmesan wedge.

Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.