Kiriko Sushi

11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #201
Sawtelle, CA 90064
Critics' Pick
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Kiriko Sushi +

Eli G./Yelp Salmon, mango, caviar


  • Tue.-Fri., noon-2:15 p.m.; Tue.-Sun., 6-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Business Dining, Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Kiriko is the place to come if you’re in the mood, say, for kelp-cured barramundi sashimi or Hokkaido “kegani” hairy crab but aren’t up for the formality and austere nature of some of our more precious sushi bars. Indeed, the feel at Kiriko, which has been a stalwart of Sawtelle for 17 years, is that of a small, bustling neighborhood spot, with diners getting to know one another at the sushi bar and owner-chef Ken Namba presiding with warmth and grace. Namba is rightfully best known for his omakase menus, where better-known fish are served alongside special delicacies flown in from Japan. But you can also find good drinking food here, such as grilled fresh bamboo shoots, whose flavor is like a cross between sweet corn and artichoke, or halibut tempura that’s feather-light and burning hot and flecked with shiso. What to drink? A short but smart list of sake by the glass and bottle should suffice, or you could mimic the Japanese businessmen at the sushi bar and round out your night with Champagne.—Besha Rodell

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