The Sushi Roku founder and former Matsuhisa GM (as well as Lazy Ox Canteen owner) has transformed the struggling Katsu Sushi into this funky izakaya
Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach
At this standout on Studio City’s sushi row, the honey-breaded oysters are soft and sea flavored under their sweet crust.
We go to Dish in La Cañada for homey all-American food and Border Grill in Santa Monica for nouveau Mexican. But for the quintessential L.A. kids’ menu, it’s hard to beat the multicultural mix atCurry House…
Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center
Neighborhood: Historic South-Central
There’s nothing fancy about this one-room Japanese restaurant (whose name is pronounced “hee-day”), but you’ll find diners galore…
Waitresses are oblivious of the luminaries in the crowd, and there’s a menu of sake to sip along with your tatsuta age (Japanese-style deep-fried chicken)…
From the boys who brought you BOA and Sushi Roku comes this salute to robata-yaki: Everything from yellowtail to chicken gizzard is cooked over an open flame and skewered. The design is part woodsy, part concrete groovy. Watch Sunset from the patio.
White walls and chairs, blond wood, and caramel leather banquettes are the look at this Philippe Starck-Sam Nazarian extravaganza…
Now that an entire generation has been weaned on Matsuhisa’s spicy brand of sushi, the restaurant has regained its reputation as a serious spot.