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Japanese Standards: Global Music King Sergio Mendes Lists His Favorite L.A. Spots for Sushi

On Wednesday the bossa nova king reunites with old friend Herb Alpert at the Hollywood Bowl. Mendes’s latest album, Rendezvous (out this month), includes Japanese standards sung in English and Portuguese. He reveals his favorite restaurants that offer the cuisine of the Land of the Rising Sun.

1) Kagaya
“They have eight seats and three appetizers that change every day. I like the seafood shabu-shabu.”

2) Nishimura
“They get fresh fish flown in from Japan every morning and go to the market every day.”

3) Asanebo
“My favorite sushi restaurant seems to get better each year. It’s almost like being in Japan.”