New Okinawan Restaurant Replaces Teriyaki Bowl Joint in Tustin

Teriyami, the teriyaki joint that Gustavo reviewed last March and featured in our 100 Favorite Dishes, is no more. A new restaurant called Habuya has moved in. This time, the featured food is Okinawa-style Japanese. A sampling of dishes includes omelets with Japanese bitter melon and eel and egg rolls filled with papaya and pork.


The location is still the most awkward in a well-worn Stater Bros.-anchored plaza–tiny, tucked away and blocked from view. Before Habuya and Teriyami, it has hosted a slew of other failed Asian restaurants. There was Yehjin, a Korean restaurant, and, before that, Mimi, Minami and others I've already long forgotten.

At least now the decaying “Grand Opening” banner outside Teriyami has finally been taken down. Good luck to Habuya. Let's hope I'm not writing about it in the same way come next year.

Thanks to tipster Johan Moreno for the news.

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