424 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wed, 07/20/2016, 9:00pm reservation
Somewhere nestled in the heart of Little Tokyo sits one of the best restaurants of Los Angeles. Kinjiro, operated and run by Jun, is a hidden gem offering traditional and contemporary Izakaya Japanese cuisine as well as premium Japanese sake. Izakaya, which refers to a type of casual Japanese gastropub, usually serves small plates and dishes which are meant to be shared.
The restaurant looks simple, with clean lines and comfortable seats. It's intimate, with approximately 25 seats. A variety of sake line one of the walls of the restaurant where you just can't help but stare and try a sip or two. A window that sees through the kitchen allows you to watch what kind of food is being conjured up at this restaurant. It's precise and magnificent without pretentious food being served to you.
|The interior with the sake wall|
|Another part of the interior|
Overall, Kinjiro is one of the best kept secrets of Los Angeles. The food was divine, bursting with flavor and well-constructed. I appreciated that the waitress warned us that we ordered a lot of rich dishes and that we should order other dishes on the lighter end (hence, the salmon sashimi). The best part about the whole meal is the feeling of being full but not sick because the food was so fresh. The cost is around $$$ but if you do order the A5 Wagyu Steak, it will definitely set you back $$$$. Tip: there is a parking lot with a $3 fee with validation where Kinjiro is located, so parking isn't an issue.
Notable Dishes: Japanese A5+ Wagyu Steak, King Salmon Sashimi and Niman Ranch Pork Belly