A word of advice if you’re planning to dine at Sushi by Scratch Restaurants? Come hungry. This artisanal concept from husband-and-wife duo chef Phillip Frankland Lee and pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee offers a 17-course omakase that spotlights fish flown in from around the world. From the moment you step through an unmarked door and are greeted with a welcome cocktail before venturing to the open-air chef’s counter, you’re transported to a sushi speakeasy. The seasonally changing menu sports dishes that are often wildly creative, unexpected riffs on traditional sushi counter classics, like bluefin tuna otoro with Japanese whiskey and caramelized pineapple or hamachi with sweet corn pudding and sourdough breadcrumbs—all of which makes you feel like you’re getting the most out of the $145-per-person price tag. While Sushi by Scratch Restaurants' sister restaurant in Montecito was the one awarded a Michelin star last year, in our book, the Encino location may as well have been a recipient too.
How to book: Make reservations online.