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1. Morinoya 11310 W Olympic, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (West La)

This new West LA izakaya's intimate and traditional, with mostly bare walls decorated with Japanese art so you can focus all of your attention on a menu thought up by the lauded guy behind Mitsuki. He's doing tastiness like whitefish carpaccio w/ balsamic and soy sauce; raw octopus marinated in wasabi; a hot pot w/ pork, spinach, tofu, and enoki mushrooms; and an albacore dish w/ mountain yam, fermented soybeans, and garlic over rice they called the "Mini Stamina Don", presumably after an un-fulfilling night with Cheadle.