Studio City has more than its share of sushi restaurants that vary greatly in terms of quality and affordability, but Daichon on Ventura Boulevard offers something different: affordable, authentic Japanese comfort food that promises to be of the highest quality. There are sushi and sashimi options, of course, but regulars go right for the poki bowls, curry udon noodles, and katsu-dons. If you are feeling adventurous, give the sake flights a try, since this restaurant has a range of options that you won't find replicated anywhere else.
The restaurant's cozy setting and relaxed atmosphere make it a good location for a low-pressure date or a catch-up lunch with a friend. Be forewarned, though, that Daichan Japanese Food is often busy and parking in the lot can be tricky. At peak hours it might be best to make a reservation and use the valet service.
Daichan Japanese Food
11288 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604