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MICHELIN Guide 2019

Shunji

  • 12244 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064, United States
  • 75 - 150 USD • Japanese
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MICHELIN Guide 2019

Shunji

  • 12244 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064, United States
  • 75 - 150 USD • Japanese
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Behind this notable counter is a chef whose experience runs deep. Japanese-born sushi maestro—Shunji Nakao—previously flashed his knife at Nobu Matsuhisa’s eponymous 1980's spot. He is also known for his work at Asanebo, which he opened with his brother in the 90's. While the menu here does offer à la carte, it is the omakase that is far and away the best option. The itamae will ask how much you’d like to eat, and so begins this memorable meal. After soups such as miso with special seaweed, the precise slicing and crafting of each morsel commences. This may include red snapper with salt and lemon or halibut with yuzu zest, tailed by live prawns where the tail becomes sushi dolloped with shrimp roe and the head disappears into the kitchen for frying. Then comes the parade of pieces brushed with nikiri, like lean tuna and bluefin toro. Finally, that shrimp head re-emerges to finish your meal with a beautiful bit of crunch. Although this revered refuge is housed in a curious-looking circular building, just off Highway 10, guests arrive expecting serious sushi. Of course, that's exactly what they get, though the atmosphere remains low-key with just a small bar and handful of tables.

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  • m One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
  • ò Comfortable

Facilities & Services

  • Ä New establishment in the guide
  • E Establishment totally or partly reserved for non-smokers
  • 1 Notable sake list

Information

+1 310-826-4737
Opening hours
Lunch Tue - Fri Dinner Tue - Sat

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