Food lover dining in Los Angeles, whether local or tourist, have one important question: Which are the best restaurants to eat right now? Ask any Angeleno foodie for the LA neighborhood with the best restaurants, and chances are they won’t say “West LA”. There great restaurants in Beverly Hills, Wesh Hollywood, Downtown LA, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice, and even Silver Lake, but that doesn’t mean you have to go far for your foodie hankerings if you live in West Los Angeles.
Markdown these restaurants and their locations instead:
1. Shunji Japanese Cuisine
Location: 12244 W Pico Blvd
Shunji used to serve BBQ and chili, but now it serves sushi. Shunji’s Omakase is the specialty at chef Shunji Nakao’s small but refined eatery with a Californian touch. The focus is more on veggies (for Vegan who loves Japanese food), and the fans of fish and produce won’t be disappointed.
2. Kiriko Sushi
Location: 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Sawtelle
Plenty of people say Kiriko Sushi is the best of the sushi joints in Sawtelle, and you can believe there are lots of sushi shops in the neighborhood. This place loves to offer both classics and innovative dishes, so you can enjoy sushi regardless of how adventurous you are.
Outstanding sashimi, with scallops, prawns, and oysters. This is a truly modern fine dining experience—and the perfect place to take your date for Valentine’s Day.
3. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
Location: 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
The bad news here at Tsujita is that it’s so popular that you’re in for a long wait before you get to enjoy the noodles you’re hankering for. (This may tempt you to just go to the ANNEX ramen shop right across the street. But since it’s a sister shop of Tsujita’s, maybe that’s the point.)
But even after an hour (at least) of waiting, somehow the dip ramen (aka the tsukemen) makes everything worthwhile. You just find yourself automatically dunking the noodles into the fatty broth like some sort of meditation process.
4. Big Boi
Location: 2027 Sawtelle Blvd
Barb Batiste who founded B Sweet Dessert Bar also came up with this place, Big Boi, Filipino comfort food classics with a modern twist. Unsurprisingly, you can again find the very best of Filipino desserts here.
Filipino cuisine is a rising star in the food world, but the question still lingers, what exactly is it? The dishes draw inspiration from the Spanish culture. The typically sweet, salty, crispy and sour ingredients come together to accommodate nearly every palette.
It is so hard to describe the cuisine with just one dish since it is so diverse, but no list of Filipino food would be complete without Adobo, the national dish of the Philippines.
If you’re a Pinoy or you’re curious as to what Filipinos like for dessert, you can now try the legendary halo-halo and ube cakes. Who knew blue food can be so tasty?
5. Killer Noodle
Location: 2030 Sawtelle Blvd
Check out Killer Noodle and try the Tokyo Bowl, which is a type of Chinese-style dan dan noodles done a lot spicier.
The tasting menu at Killer Noodle is basic: three kinds of ramen, served with or without soup; a handful of optional add-ons that include poached egg, cilantro, and meltingly soft roast pork; and a couple of rice bowls.
The soup is based on pork with lots of sesame paste, along with hot Sichuan peppercorn chili oil. Yep, it’s a killer alright.
6. The Apple Pan
Location: 10801 W Pico Blvd
Just about every foodie in the area knows about this fabled restaurant, The Apple Pan, a low-key open kitchen spot dishing out delicious sandwiches since 1947. When you visit, you must order the Hickory Burger, which is dressed in their secret BBQ sauce. But the patty melt is terrific too. After that, finish the meal off with classic slices of pie.
Location: 11925 Santa Monica Blvd
The place, Kato, itself isn’t exactly a visual masterpiece dining room, but the stark surroundings just emphasize the fantastic taste of the fabulous food. Kato serves the freshest seafood and locally-grown produce. They focus on delivering remarkable small plates influenced by the aromatic flavors of Taiwan and Japan.
What’s more, the prices are surprisingly reasonable, which does explain the lack of fancy décor. One of our favorite Los Angeles restaurants.
Location: 11330 Santa Monica Blvd
This yakiniku place, Nanbankan, in Little Osaka is brightly lit, so you can’t miss the daily grilled specials specified on the markerboard. The understated setting for Japanese-style tapas prepared from local produce is decorated with flowers.
Order a chicken meatball skewer called a tsukune with one of the draft sakes and you’re good to go. Do try to come in early, since the popular skewer options tend to disappear quickly.
Location: 1929 Westwood Blvd
Although Necco focuses on fancy kaiseki cuisine, it’s a lot more casual than you might expect and the prices aren’t all that high. If your party has both meat-eaters and vegetarians, here’s a place where everyone’s palate will be satisfied.
10. Taste of Tehran
Location: 1915 Westwood Blvd
This has long been a favorite Middle Eastern restaurant for many here in South Westwood. Taste of Tehran, Persian eatery with small & large plates offers a few tables for dining on salads & wraps. That’s because of the homey nature of the food – it’s like how grandma makes them if she’s Iranian.
Come in for lunch and get kebab plates with grilled tomato, hummus, but you also have to try the ghormeh sabzi stew. Check out these delicious plates:
- BONELESS CHICKEN KABOB – 14 Succulent pieces of chicken breast marinated in lemon juice and saffron and grilled on an open flame
- LAMBA KABOB – 19 Succulent pieces of lamb tenderloin marinated and grilled with bell pepper and onion
- BEEF KOOBIDEH – 13 One skewer of seasoned ground sirloin mixed with grated onion and grilled on an open flame
- CHICKEN KOOBIDEH – 13 One skewer of seasoned ground chicken mixed with grated onion and grilled on an open flame
11. Sichuan Impression
Location: 11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Sichuan Impression is a premium Los Angeles based Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan cuisine. Are you looking for a rabbit, toothpick cumin mutton, or even bullfrog? You’ll find them on Sichuan Impression’s menu. One of the best Asian cuisine in the area.
Other options you should consider include cold steamed chicken in chili sauce, mapo tofu with lots of spices, and special saucy noodles that look like spaghetti. In other words, all the Sichuan classics are here. Another of our favorite LA restaurant.
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