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2006 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025


  • Sun, Tue-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sun, Tue-Sat 5pm-9pm
  • $$$
  • Family Style, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Orris, sometimes described as an Asian “tapas bar,'' is a marriage between California casual and the Japanese izakaya, a great place to drop in for a beaker of daiginjo sake and a plate or two of smoked scallops garnished with salmon roe, seared tuna with sweet onion marmalade, or even what amounts to lamb sashimi - food to wash down with sake, not with a glass of Bierzo. Its location, convenient to the Nuart and the manga-intensive shopping strip anchored by the Giant Robot complex, couldn't be better, and the small wine list, as well as the sake list, is swell. And although chef Hideo Yamashiro isn't cooking the fried catfish with ponzu that made him famous at his South Pasadena restaurant Shiro, the fried seafood is awfully good, especially the tempura shrimp dusted with house-made curry powder and served with a moist little mound of Okinawan sea salt. See full review.

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