A restaurant known for making exemplary karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken, is on its way to San Diego. Originally from Oita prefecture in Kyushu, one of the main islands of Japan, Tekatori landed in SoCal in 2016, where it now runs a mini-chain with locations in Gardena, Costa Mesa and Sawtelle Japantown in Los Angeles.
Mmm-yoso explored ort its first area outpost, which replaces the Chinese spot TJ Dumplings on Miramar Road. A representative for Tenkatori told Eater that they are currently targeting a May 1 opening.
Although many ramen shops offer karaage as a starter or as an addition to the meal, fried chicken is the star here. Made with a recipe that dates back to when the original restaurant was founded in 1955, its karaage is breaded in potato starch and fried to order to maintain maximum freshness.
The menu offers different cuts of chicken which can be ordered in varying quantities, marinated chicken thigh pieces with teba (wings), nankotsu (soft bone cartilage), butsu-giri (breast cuts with bone), sunagimo ( gizzard), and gaburi momo or mune (whole chicken thighs or breasts). Optional sauces include sweet and spicy or sweet and sour glazes as well as spicy mayonnaise and yuzu aioli for dipping. More comprehensive offerings are available at some of its Los Angeles locations, including ramen, bento boxes and rice bowls.