Niki Nakayama's tiny Culver City spot serves a traditional <em>kaiseki</em> set menu. The 13-course meals are the Japanese equivalent of haute cuisine, with each course revolving around a different technique and ingredient (some ingredients are steamed, others are served sashimi-style). N/Naka is an essential spot for LA foodies, and thanks to Nakayama's appearance on the wildly popular Netflix show <em>Chef's Table</em>, it's reached national fame, too.
It’s not a sushi restaurant, per se, but the 13-course modern kaiseki experience offered by n/naka is one you won’t find anywhere else. The Japanese culinary tradition dates back to the 16th century and highlights seasonal ingredients in their most natural state—in n/naka’s case that includes vegetables grown in an organic garden that’s maintained by Farmscape Gardens. Reservations are nearly impossible to get, but the restaurant (which blew up thanks to impeccable food and a featured episode on Netflix’s hit series Chef’s Table) does include a sushi course or two on its ever-evolving menu. Naturally, every bite is immaculate and when you leave you’ll say a little prayer that someday chef Niki Nakayama actually does an all-sushi place of her own.
How to book: Make reservations online.