So many restaurants are going through such a hard time right now. Especially upscale establishments that are primarily a sit-down service and have not done a lot of take out in the past. They have had to change lanes and pivot two, three and now four times. Otosan Sushi, located at 2nd and PCH in Long Beach, is one of those struggling restaurants.
Otosan, which means father in Japanese is a collaboration between owner Jae Woo and her father. Her parents are immigrants that settled in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years they have opened and maintained several highly successful restaurants in and around Portland, Oregon. Jae grew up working in a restaurant family, but left for a short time to work in the Corporate world. After a while she found that her heart was in hospitality. She returned to the family business until she was presented with the opportunity to open Otosan Sushi.
The original restaurant concept was to have a curated, multi-course dining experience with only two seating’s per night. Each seating would last approximately 2 hours and have a carefully curated prix-fix menu emphasizing on the presentation and experience. Everything in the restaurant is the highest quality and made from scratch. Then, Covid hit. They were able to open the restaurant with patio dining only. Then they had to pivot and are currently offering takeout and delivery. The difficulty in operating a restaurant like this is that food is meant to be served piping hot or very cold. It is a challenge to put such delicate food into a to go container and send it off to be eaten in a way it wasn't intended. So, to preserve the integrity of the food, they have now streamlined the menu with more approachable options. They still have all the favorites but have worked the menu in a way it can now be enjoyed at home on the couch watching Netflix as well as put onto fancy plate and served at a dinner table for date night.
I was lucky enough to try the lunch time omakase when the restaurant first opened and still had patio dining, but recently went back to try several items on their takeout menu. The omakase was so amazing, I was not really a believer that sushi rolls would taste as good as I had eaten them in the restaurant. Otosan proved me wrong.
The menu is fresh. I ordered a bento box, Tempura Udon and some Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice. The bento box comes with a protein, white rice and two sides depending on the protein you order. I ordered the Tonkatsu. It was so crispy and perfectly seasoned. In fact, it was still super crispy when I drove it back to my house from Long Beach, about a 25-minute drive. The dashi broth used for the udon broth was amazing. I could spend 30 minutes talking about the depth of flavor, the perfect seasoning and I loved how it came in the perfect to go container. The noodles are held in their own compartment above the broth container, so they are kept warm, but not soggy for the drive home. The spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice was also a magical treat. There are two in an order, but next time I for sure will be ordering two orders. Yes, all for me.
Also, keep in mind, while the restaurant itself does not have any type of dine in, (inside or outdoor), but the restaurant is located at 2nd and PCH which still has tables for outdoor dining. The outdoor area is highly monitored, and the tables are wiped down quite frequently by patrolling staff. However, if you're looking for some delicious sushi for takeout or delivery, I urge you to help support a struggling small business and give Otosan Sushi of Long Beach a try.
Otosan Sushi Located at 2nd and PCH I 6460 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 140, Long Beach, CA 90803 562.431.1334