The heart of the arts district in downtown LA is really coming into its own, reminding me of the burgeoning beginnings of the Wynwood area of Miami. Inko Nito is a new restaurant you don’t want to miss. Sit at the bar for an interactive dining experience where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal in this beautiful open space filled with grills as the focal point.
There is outdoor seating but the Japanese robatayaki restaurant central grilling area is a highlight, especially to watch what food appears. With elements of Korean food but also bringing reminders of fresh grilled skewered seafood, meats and veggies I’ve sampled in Tulum, Mexico, expect a nice smoky flavor. Start with grilled chili butter corn and move into the tender yellowtail collar with a crisp fish skin.
Impressive unconventional dishes include dungeness crab tartare served in a tin with chicken skin crisps and roasted nori; beef cheek with spicy Korean miso; miso soup with crab meat and chili oil; and nigaki, a new sushi style with roasted seasoned nori, sushi rice, and toppings presented in a new way.
Yellowtail with yuzu truffle dressing was another item we encourage you to order.
If you are not drinking alcohol, try the Spring St Punch, a lemon blend tea made with Seedlip Garden, shiso, and pineapple. The charred coconut ice cream with red chili flakes, soy, Pocky Matcha sticks and Japanese granola makes the sweetest ending.
My friend commented as we were leaving, “You know this place is legit when most of the people eating here are Asian.”
Valet right outside the door or explore the area with hip boutiques and fun and unusual street art before or after your meal. Across the street lies an art gallery and an outdoor space with chickens and gardens to read and relax. Inko Nito will be also be coming soon to the Beverly Grove area on W. 3rd Street.
225-227 S Garey St
Los Angeles, CA 90012