Izayoi

132 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-613-9554
Izayoi

Photo by Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Sun 5pm-9:30pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Mon-Fri 5:45pm-10pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$
  • Takeout
  • Beer/Wine
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Izayoi’s mastermind is chef Junichi Shiode, the whiz who used to run Sushi Ryo, one of those rare secret addresses beloved by chefs seeking a cuisine that many customers didn’t even know it served: classic Japanese izakaya dishes. Izakaya menus are typically long and hard to follow, with a host of different sections unfamiliar to anyone not versed in the style, and a list of daily specials often as long as the menu proper. Here is the secret: Order lots of stuff: gooey octopus sashimi, ramekins of roughly chopped Spanish mackerel, bowls of room-temperature egg custard topped with sea-urchin gonads, house-made tofu slicked with sweet miso paste, yakiniku skewers of grilled tongue, dried and grilled skate fins cut into little salty curls — and a bowl of ochazuke, brothy rice, at the end. Parking in Office Depot lot on Second St. at Central Ave.

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