Shunji Japanese Cuisine
One of the most exciting developments to ever hit LA's Japanese cuisine scene, Shunji's blackboard menu proffers unique eats like a martini glass filled with noodles made from ground snapper and purple mashed potatoes. "Bottoms Up" isn't just for drinking anymore.
The celebrated chef at Shunji was one of the first three chefs at Matsuhisa, the LA game-changer that would be on this list if it wasn’t such a cliché for it to be on this list (he also helped open Studio City’s lauded Asanebo, which his brother now helms). That dedication to quality comes through in every bite of the omakase—a procession of mouth-watering cold and hot small dishes, sashimi, and a variety of nigiri for roughly $250. While the ambiance of the place is nothing to write home about, Shunji’s authentically prepared fish is so superior that the restaurant was even awarded a Michelin star in 2019.
How to book: Make reservations online.