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MICHELIN Guide United States

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  • 3455 S. Overland Ave., Los Angeles, 90034, United States
  • 245 - 285 USD • Japanese, Contemporary
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MICHELIN Guide United States

n/naka

  • 3455 S. Overland Ave., Los Angeles, 90034, United States
  • 245 - 285 USD • Japanese, Contemporary
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Los Angeles-born Chef Niki Nakayama is a proud pioneer in the modern kaiseki tradition, yet she’s humble enough to remain a constant in her dining room, checking in on each guest to ensure their every comfort. In this way, the much-lauded restaurant feels utterly personal, as though for this moment in time, you are the only diner that matters.

Set in an attractive and neutral-toned dining room, the space holds a devoted, almost cult-like reverence. It makes sense: guests don’t want to miss a morsel of Chef Nakayama’s genius. Her clever creations are delightfully unbound by Japanese tradition; instead, she rather inventively works within the spirit of it.

A nightly tasting menu might begin with a small glass of apple sake, followed by pristine scallop tartare coupled with sanbaizu gelée, carrot purée, toasted sunflower seeds and crispy carrot chips. From there, tiny yet exquisite dishes pour forth, including simply grilled branzino paired with rich Santa Barbara sea urchin, shiitake mushrooms and ponzu; or a tender lobster dumpling with king crab bobbing in dashi. Al dente spaghettini with abalone slices, pickled cod roe and black truffle is a personification of the chef's unique style.

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  • n Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Commitment to sustainable gastronomy
Initiatives

Kitchen team aims to use California ingredients both for sustainability purposes and to honor kaiseki's pillar of honoring the surroundings

Facilities & Services

  • T Air conditioning
  • V American Express credit card
  • Booking essential
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • } Mastercard credit card
  • 1 Notable sake list
  • û Restaurant offering vegetarian menus
  • K Valet parking
  • X Visa credit card
  • a Wheelchair access

Information

+1 310-836-6252
Opening hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: dinner
Thursday: dinner
Friday: dinner
Saturday: dinner
Sunday: closed
Annual Leave:
13 October 2021 - 30 October 2021
01 January 2022 - 12 January 2022

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