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Imari

Los Angeles
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The gist: The latest concept from acclaimed restaurateur Philip Camino (Fellow, Hudson) brings washoku, or traditional Japanese cuisine to the Westside, in a sleek, intimate space with white oak, gold, and navy accents, a small sushi bar, romantic partitioned booths, and a quaint patio overlooking San Vicente boulevard. A whimsical, floor-to-ceiling hand-painted mural by artist Sheila Darcey and Philip Camino depicts cascading ocean waves and spotlights the ocean as a bridge that connects the restaurant’s Japanese and California inspiration.
The food: Committed to serving only the finest and freshest ingredients imported directly from Japan, Imari is one of the only LA restaurants serving washoku. The restaurant’s culinary program is stacked with talent, including chef Derek Wilcox (Shoji) and chef consultant and Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador David Schlosser (Shibumi). The summer menu includes bright and refreshing items like striped jack sashimi with ponzu jelly and shaved red onion, Wagyu steak with fresh wasabi and sea salt, plus hand rolls and sushi. Save room for desserts that include a vibrant red shiso sorbet with raspberries or velvety milk ice cream with fresh mochi and sweet green pea. Shlosser also spearheads the restaurant’s sake program, which highlights sakes from various regions of Japan, available by the glass or carafe. Sommelier Scott Lester curated an approachable yet imaginative wine list with something for everyone and the drink menu also features a selection of premium Japanese beers.
Cost: Starters $8–12, $18–22 for meat and seafood dishes, hand rolls and sushi $20–24, dessert $10. Sake ranges from $8–11 for three ounces, $16–23 for six ounces, $28–40 for 12 ounces, and is available by the bottle for $68–120. Wine is available by the glass for $15–25 and by the bottle for $60–90.

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Restaurant Week is an ideal time to try one of our favorite new sushi restaurants, and marvel at the gorgeous Japan-to-California coastal-inspired interior with bleached wood, gold accents, private booth seating, and an intimate sushi bar and patio area overlooking San Vicente Boulevard. Helmed by ​​celebrated chefs Derek Wilcox and David Schlosser, Imari serves washoku-style small plates that celebrate Japanese culture through traditional dishes and preparations, with seasonal fish that’s imported fresh directly from Japan.
The deal: $75 for a four-course dinner.
What to order: Hiyayakko tofu, sashimi of the moment, shrimp and mentaiko hand roll, and milk ice cream.

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