Food & Drink

LA's 15 Best Poke, Tartare, and Crudo Dishes

Published On 08/06/2015 Published On 08/06/2015
Poke N Roll
Takami Sushi & Robata
Orsa & Winston
Republique
Flickr/T.Tseng
Butchers and Barbers
Hamasaku
A-Frame
Sweetfin Poke
North Shore Poke Co.
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1. Hinoki & The Bird 10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (Century City)

At Hinoki & The Bird, executive chef Brandon Kida spotlights travel-inspired cuisine at this modern, Californian restaurant. Cosmopolitan dishes -- such as Japanese curry arancini, Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Scottish salmon -- create a global menu with healthful sensibilities.

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2. Poke N Roll 413 S Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91210 (Glendale)

If you've never had poke before, this place may seem a bit daunting. In fact, it could even seem daunting if you have. The sheer number of options is a lot to take in. Take a deep breath, order whatever, and know it should only cost you around $10.

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3. Takami Sushi & Robata 811 Wilshire Blvd Fl 21, Los Angeles, CA 90017

For sushi with a view, there's Takami in DTLA. The 21st-level restaurant has next-level views of Los Angeles and serves pretty darn good sushi to match. The menu is heavy on robata, featuring grilled steak, vegetables, seafood, and chicken dishes. As for drinks, expect plenty of sake, Asian-inspired cocktails, and Japanese beer.

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4. Daichan 11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (West Valley)

This strip mall challenges everything we believed with THREE spots that are more than just tolerable -- in fact they're seriously good. But for home-made japanese food and awesome poke bowls, go to Daichan. The self proclaimed "Japanese soul food" includes menu items like Hawaiian ginger chicken and house-made cucumber miso.

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5. Orsa & Winston 122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

Orsa & Winston's is a fixed-menu-only joint, which Asian-American eats like rice w/ uni and Pecorino cream.

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6. Republique 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Hancock Park)

Republique hails from a crazy all-star team that includes the married chef duo Walter and Margarita Manzke -- who were among the most lauded in all of LA during their tenure at Downtown's Church and State -- and one of the restauranteurs behind Bestia and Sotto. Their 'tails and fare are definitely worth a weeks-in-advance res.

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7. Silver Lake Ramen 2927 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

With its broccoli and tofu stuffed vegetarian ramen and willingness to swap out perfect-in-every-way pork belly with boring ol’ chicken, this hipster ramen spot is actually pretty darn good.

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8. POT 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)

POT is a group-meal spot for sure. Try as many of the pots as you can but the dirty secret of Roy Choi's excellent Korean menu is that the best stuff is actually NOT in the pots -- rather its side dishes like this gooey, savory, creamy uni-and-rice dish.

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9. Wiki Poki 3438 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)

With quick service and borderline insane prices (for under $10, you can build your own bowl with as many toppings as you want), Koreatown's Wiki Poki is a no-frills spot to check out for its fusion of Hawaiian and Asian flavors. Wiki also tries to focus on the food’s Hawaiian roots, with specialty Hawaiian drinks also on the menu.

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10. Butchers & Barbers 6531 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This stunning new bistro is totally firing on all cylinders, with insanely great drinks and killer food, including a damn-near-perfect Gruyere-topped burger, a roasted sunchoke-and-mint-and-goat-cheese dish that'll make you consider going veggie, and popcorn (yep! Popcorn!) that's laden with rosemary and sea salt.

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11. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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12. Hamasaku 11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (Westwood)

This Westwood sushi spot combines sophisticated and traditional Japanese flavors with Californian twists in an elegant and welcoming space. Tucked in the corner of a strip mall is this beloved roll-zone, as noted for its celebrity clientele as it is for its food. The rolls are deliciously over-the-top (The Lourd: spicy tuna, avocado, tempura flakes, spicy rice, mango and Jalapeño sauce. Tell me that doesn’t sound good.), and the chef takes his omakase very, very seriously.

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13. A-Frame 12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Culver City)

This Hawaiian Culver City eatery from the Roy Choi is an Asian-fusion collaboration in a totally refurbished IHOP, hopped up with a picnic-type patio and light wood-clad walls. Food's meant to be utensil-optional, with inventive dishes like green curry and a poké sampler including choices like tuna with gochujang sauce, sesame leaves & oil, cabbage, seaweed, and nori, as well as tuna with kukui nut chili pesto and Parmesan.

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14. Sweetfin Poke 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

If you've ever been to Hawaii and come back bummed that you can't get the awesome raw-fish dish known as poke on the mainland, you're in luck: this Westside 'monger is busting out variations including albacore and salmon, all prepared by a chef who did time on Top Chef and at the W. And unlike most poké shops, this 1,000-square-foot space has room for more than you and another, with a spacious, airy, and bright floor ready to accommodate groups.

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15. North Shore Poke Co. 214 5th St Ste 101, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (Orange County)

Eschewing the idea that poké can only come in one form, this spot offers poké bowls, sashimi sandwiches, poké tacos, and even poké nachos. The space is colorful and spacious, and its location on a side street off the central Huntington Beach shopping area lends it a casual and especially welcoming vibe.

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