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Lumi, the Gaslamp Quarter’s energetic rooftop concept, features contemporary Japanese fare with Nikkei and Korean influences created by Michelin-starred chef Akira Back. The sushi menu showcases inventive specialty rolls, including luxurious Alaskan king crab, surf and turf, A5 Wagyu nigiri, and daily off-menu selections. Let the sushi chef surprise you with Nazo 9, a mystery box of nine dishes that aren’t revealed until they’re placed in front of you. Pair your meal with sips from the largest selection of top-tier Japanese whiskies in the city, Akira Back’s own sake, or a Toki Japanese Highball machine that yields ice-cold, lusciously fizzy, perfectly-blended cocktails.
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The buzz: Michelin-starred Chef Akira Back and Executive Chef James Jung bring modern Japanese cuisine to the Gaslamp Quarter.
The food: Expect contemporary Japanese fare with Nikkei and Korean influences, including warm and cold shared plates, like rock shrimp tempura with spicy aioli and apple-dressed arugula. For something a bit different, try the Akira Back Pizza topped with tuna, serrano, red onion, beets, tomato, micro cilantro, and ponzu mayo, or diverse sushi offerings, a signature mystery box called Nazo 9, plus a curated selection of the chef’s sushi and sashimi specials with limited availability. Signature sips include the largest selection of top-tier Japanese whiskies in the city, Akira Back’s very own sake, and a host of hand-crafted cocktails.
The cost: Shared plates run $6-35, sushi, sashimi and entrees are $6-50, cocktails and sake flights are $13-21.