Kanpai, the Westchester restaurant known for its pristine sushi and late-night ramen, is opening a second location in its neighborhood.
Owner Shoji Hijiya, who spoke to us in the new space with its sleek sushi counter, says he plans to open the restaurant on Sepulveda Boulevard in about two weeks. It will have the same menu as the Lincoln Boulevard Kanpai with one big difference: The new location has a bigger kitchen that will allow it to serve ramen all day, rather than just at lunch and after 10 p.m. like the original location. “That’s why we moved here,” Hijiya says.
So guests will be able to come by everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a bowl of tonkotsu or spicy miso ramen. Kanpai also serves a thick, porky concoction known simply as gravy ramen along with udon bowls.
The Lincoln Boulevard Kanpai, a favorite of both sake-swilling, tempura-eating LMU students and by-the-piece sushi aficionados who appreciate all the Japanese fish behind the counter, is open seven days a week until 1 a.m. With its location near LAX, it’s known as a good place for a late-night dinner on the way to or from the airport.
The new outpost is also close to the airport, next to Swiss/German restaurant Chalet Edelweiss and near popular Thai restaurant Ayara and Paco’s Tacos, making it part of a convenient cluster for travelers in search of a decent meal. Hijiya says he might extend his hours on Sepulveda Boulevard beyond 11 p.m.