Kiriko Sushi

11301 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-478-7769
Critics' Pick
Best Of

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  • Sun, Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm
  • $$$
  • Business Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Kiriko may still be the great undiscovered sushi bar in Los Angeles, and Ken Namba's traditional yet creative sashimi surpasses most of what is sold at three times the price. Namba smokes fresh Copper River salmon over smoldering cherry wood, slices it thick and wraps it around spears of ripe mango: The sashimi is soft and luscious, salty and sweet, penetratingly smoky yet delicate - one of the most magnificent mouthfuls of food imaginable. There is Spanish mackerel dressed with grated ginger and ponzu, and mackerel as rich as ripe Brie. The sea bream pulled out of Japan's Inland Sea is almost gooey in its extreme freshness, dusted with the zest of a tiny yuzu, served with a tiny dish of salt grated to order from a pink, quartzlike stone. One of the gifts of a great sushi chef is nonchalance, and Namba has it to spare, the ability to appear casual, unhurried, processing the food for an entire restaurant while looking as serene and unbothered as Fred Astaire.

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