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Kiriko Sushi

Map & Directions 11301 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
  • Asian, Japanese, Sushi
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

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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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/07/13

    The great specialty is cherrywood-smoked Copper River salmon with mango, a dish that certain local sushi masters would rather die than serve. (It's their loss: The dish is stunningly good.)

  • Zach S. on 02/18/10

    Instead of the full omakase, sit at the bar and ask for 10-12 pieces of sushi, whatever the chef likes. AMAZING. Buy the chefs a beer, too.

  • Tatyana F. on 03/16/12

    Great sushi but horrible service. 2 hours to get 3 small servings of sashimi?

  • Chris H. on 02/23/12

    Leave you dinner fate in the hands of Ken-san, Tomo-san, and Shinji-san (omakase!), and you'll be taken on a magical sushi ride.

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