Gaja Moc

2383 Lomita Blvd.
Lomita, CA 90717
310-534-0153

Details

  • Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30-11 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-midnight;
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Family Style, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Okonomiyaki may be the homeliest food in creation, a squat, unlovely, vaguely circular mess of batter, cabbage and egg, slicked with a tarry black substance made from ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, inscribed with mayonnaise, and dusted with curls of shaved dried bonito that shudder and writhe on top of the pancake like a thousand pencil shavings come to gruesome life. When you are presented with your first okonomiyaki, you don’t know whether to kill it or to eat it. GaJa puts a certain amount of effort into its identity as an izakaya, a snack-intensive Japanese pub, but it is probably the premier okonomiyaki specialist in town right now. They’ll cook okonomiyaki for you in the kitchen, but most diners opt to sizzle up their own on tabletop griddles, stirring and smashing and flipping and searing. With any luck, you'll have dinner.

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  • Searching for Okonomiyaki: 
Japanese Pancakes
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 12 p.m. by Jonathan Gold

    Dear Mr. Gold: Outside of Gaja in Lomita, I've yet to find decent okonomiyaki in Los Angeles. Have you stumbled across any respectable versions? Proximity to downtown would be a huge plus. --Daniel Dy, via Facebook...

  • Ask Mr. Gold: Finding Okonomiyaki in Lomita
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 12 p.m. by Jonathan Gold

    Dear Mr. Gold: I had okonomiyaki in Hiroshima a few years ago. It's a stand-alone wonderful hangover food, and I'd imagine it's even pretty great with high-quality ingredients. Any recommendations to find this treat in Los Angeles? ...

  • Ask Mr. Gold: Takoyaki
    Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. by Jonathan Gold

    Dear Mr. Gold: I recently read an article about takoyaki, a kind of octopus dumpling. It sounds like takoyaki is all the rage in Japan, and soon in California. Do you know if and where I can find them in Los Angeles now? —Nina...

  • Griddle Me This
    Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 12 a.m. by Jonathan Gold

    Photo by Anne FishbeinOkonomiyaki may be the homeliest food in creation, a squat, unlovely, vaguely circular mess of batter, cabbage and egg, slicked with a tarry black substance made from catsup and Worcestershire sauce, inscribed ...

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