David Myers trained with Daniel Boulud and the late Charlie Trotter, and he’s championed bistro fare with his restaurant Comme Ça. But he’s always had an affinity for Japan. Together with his executive chef, the fabulous Kuniko Yagi (she of Top Chef fame), Myers set up shop in the basement of a luxe Century City apartment building to offer a high-brow izakaya without dousing the creative spark. Slathered with miso jam and goat cheese, the rustic pumpkin toast is the perfect accompaniment to a tall draught of Allagash White beer. Crisped on the outside, the rice balls have a surprisingly luscious interior, while sambal-crusted skate wing in a grilled banana leaf has nattily dressed agents from nearby CAA going at it with their hands. The pristine smokiness of dishes like the caramelized Kurobuta pork and the hen-of-the-woods mushrooms served with lime and sea salt comes from Japan’s prized binchotan charcoal.