Tokyo native Ken Namba has owned this sushi-oriented restaurant on the edge of Sawtelle Boulevard’s Olympic Collection since the late ‘90s, before the neighborhood earned its unofficial "Little Osaka" moniker. The space is centered around a long wood bar, behind which Namba and his cooks prepare sashimi and sushi to order, pulling from the refrigerated display case, including Japanese mackerel, salmon—both smoked and raw—sea urchin, and fatty bluefin belly. Prepared dishes include fried gobo root and sea snails tossed with sake, sugar, and mirin (similar to rice wine). For dessert, house-made ice cream comes in flavors like honey vanilla and black sesame.
To be able to order in Japanese, consider taking classes at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle, which resides up the street and has been teaching people to speak the language since 1925.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Handicapped Accessible
- Monday - Closed
- Take-Out Available
Cuisine Type:: Japanese/Sushi