Charles Namba and Courtney Kaplan opened this understated Echo Park izakaya just blocks from Dodger Stadium in 2017. In the kitchen, Namba puts out tiny sharable gems like hatsu (chicken hearts, skewered) and ankoh (monkfish tempura, here daubed with fennel-pollen aioli). But the sommelier community comes for Courtney Kaplan’s exquisite sake selections, rarities like the Sempuku Shinriki 85, made from an heirloom rice recently saved from extinction. This spring, Namba and Kaplan will also open Ototo, a sake bar, in the space next door.

Restaurant Info

1356 Allison Ave. , Los Angeles, California


2019 W&S WSLA

This review appears in the print edtion of the April 2019 issue.
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