Although he's known for his unflinchingly Italian cooking at Sotto, on his days off chef Steve Samson heads south (geographically) and east (culturally).
"I love to venture down to the South Bay for great, and inexpensive, Japanese pub food," he says.
"Torihei in Torrance offers $10 Sapporo pitchers plus amazing oden, yakitori and a boiled chicken skin salad that I'm strangely addicted to.
"Shin Sen Gumi in Gardena serves a delicious chawan mushi and killer yakitori, with unlimited heaps of their housemade yuzu kosho to rub all over everything. An ice cold Okinawan Orion beer will help get rid of the sting."