Kappo Osen in Santa Monica: In photos

UPDATED: Delivery and take-out are still offered at Kappo Osen in Santa Monica. Los Angeles is home to some of the best sushi in the world – from high end omakase (where the menu is entrusted to the chef) to experimental sushi bars, traditional izakayas and sushi wine bars. It’s where the California roll and crispy rice slathered with spicy tuna were born, where Nobu … Continue reading Kappo Osen in Santa Monica: In photos

HATCH Your Tastebuds with Daniel Shemtob’s Yakitori

Chef Daniel Shemtob and his team have created a Japanese inspired yakitori and bar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles called HATCH Yakitori +Bar. Chef Shemtob’s vision for a Japanese-inspired yakitori bar reflects his thoughtfulness around flavors and food. His yakitori skewers honor Japanese precision and perfection while displaying his personal culinary style. Standout items include thigh and green onion, chicken meatballs, pork belly, … Continue reading HATCH Your Tastebuds with Daniel Shemtob’s Yakitori

Twenty things I learned from Chef Nobu over lunch

Nobu, now the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, came on my radar 14 or 15 years ago when our Washington, DC crew spent a week at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba, Tara Reed, Adrien Brody, and Jamie Foxx partying in our midst either poolside, at a table nearby on New Year’s, or the start of each evening … Continue reading Twenty things I learned from Chef Nobu over lunch

The ultimate sushi experience at Nozawa Bar

Nozawa Bar has been one of my sushi fantasies for a long time, the place you go for a 20+ course carefully selected sushi and seafood Japanese tasting menu for your birthday or special occasion. I had heard tales of this secret place since it opened in April 2013. After waiting many years in LA to experience this tradition-based omakase sushi meal, 2019 was going … Continue reading The ultimate sushi experience at Nozawa Bar

Sushi Note dazzles in Sherman Oaks

I never would have imagined that some of the best sushi of my life could be found in Sherman Oaks. This new cozy relaxed mid-century-esque sushi and wine bar offers some of the freshest and most unique fish I’ve savored in LA. On a weekday evening, Chef Kiminobu Saito is carefully selecting and slicing delicate velvety sushi while nearby I watch the first female chef I’ve ever … Continue reading Sushi Note dazzles in Sherman Oaks

Watch your meal sizzle at Inko Nito

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 … Continue reading Watch your meal sizzle at Inko Nito

Chaya Venice transitions to Chaya Modern Izakaya, forging the old with the new

With a new menu, a new chef team, a new beverage program, and a new interior look, beloved beachside Chaya Venice has successfully transitioned 28 years later to Chaya Modern Izakaya. A stomping ground for many of us within the last ten years – the restaurant and bar continue to buzz with Happy Hour from 5:00 pm til close. Just a block from the beach on … Continue reading Chaya Venice transitions to Chaya Modern Izakaya, forging the old with the new

Osen Izakaya, the freshest find in Silver Lake

Move over Nobu prices, come to Silver Lake for premium sushi, and innovative Japanese dishes thanks to Chef Damon Cho, formerly from Matsuhisa, Masa (NYC), and TAO Hollywood. If I only lived closer, I would frequent this traditional style restaurant weekly. Lunch specials are offered regularly with melt-in-your-mouth super fresh fish like Red Snapper with shiso dressing, Citron Salmon with a ceciche dressing, and delicate … Continue reading Osen Izakaya, the freshest find in Silver Lake

Sexy Petite Taqueria + Omakase

Another h.wood Group concept has joined the West Hollywood neighborhood and this time not far down the road from the Nice Guy and Poppy. Find h.wood Group’s latest venue on La Cienega, Petite Taqueria. This cozy sexy dark scenester Mexican bar-restaurant is perfect for your next date or girlfriend meet up. There always seems to be someone famous just a table away. The posh restaurant filled … Continue reading Sexy Petite Taqueria + Omakase

Elevate your food experience in LA

This article was first posted in Resident Magazine online, January 2018. Los Angeles is never short on new tantalizing food options. Chefs bring their culture and their own travel inspiration to the food game often blending cuisines and exciting taste buds. Try one of these festive dining options for singles, couples, or groups of friends. Share a meal, and elevate your senses with a new … Continue reading Elevate your food experience in LA