This Little Osaka spot delivers much-lauded sushi dishes with standouts that include shirako, mackerel, and in-season sea snail. And as if the interior decor weren't convincing enough, all seafood dishes are freshly cut by chefs skilled in traditional techniques, so you'll be able to confirm the authenticity by taste as well.
This nondescript Little Osaka hole-in-the-wall has been a long-time favorite since it opened its doors in 1999. Chef Ken Namba was born in Tsukiji, Japan (home to the country’s legendary, eponymous Tsukiji Fish Market, once the world’s largest seafood market), where he grew up in the kitchens of his mom’s restaurants. Not only is Kiriko’s fish unbelievably fresh, but the prices are, too. At lunch, for $26, you can get a plateful of nigiri and rolls, which means even if you’re hungry for more you can double up the order for less money than it would usually cost for fish of this quality.
How to book: Call 310-478-7769 for reservations or pickup.