Celebrity sushi chef Morihiro Onodera has quietly opened a new restaurant this thirty day period, and in Atwater Village of all spots. The sleepy, household-helpful Eastside community close to Silver Lake is now dwelling to Morihiro, an upscale takeaway-only Japanese cafe that opened very last 7 days to little fanfare — and chef Mori is at the helm, turning out bento packing containers, omakase sets, and a lot more.
Supporters of Onodera have for many years adopted the enigmatic, bespectacled chef all around Los Angeles, from legendary stints at his personal Mori Sushi in West LA a lot more than a decade back again to a run at Shiki in Beverly Hills a handful of several years ago. In excess of the yrs Onodera has also fallen deeply in like with rising his personal rice and creating his own ceramics, even though a lot more a short while ago pulling a tranquil type of double-duty as the culinary ambassador for Japan Household in Hollywood. LA Situations co-critic Invoice Addison even glowingly reviewed Onodera’s food items there at the on-site cafe Inn Ann previous 12 months, charting the silent chef’s journey by means of some of LA’s most popular Japanese eating places.
Suffice it to say, Onodera is thought of to be between LA’s most vaunted sushi masters, which can make past week’s opening of Morihiro all the extra astonishing, thinking of it opened the working day immediately after Thanksgiving. The cafe sits at 3133 Glendale Boulevard, getting taken about 50 % of the Viet Noodle Bar house right on the main retail drag, and for now is offering bento bins, chirashi bowls, rolls, and omakase sets for takeaway only. Verify out well known concept board Foods Speak Central for a glance at the fish up shut.
Morihiro opened on November 27, trying to keep hours from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, Wednesday by Sunday, and 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. The cafe is almost certain to be a strike with Eastside sushi lovers, significantly considering that so numerous of the city’s most effective spots have lengthy been collected on the Westside or up in the Valley. There has been an influx of Japanese dining places all round in the earlier several yrs, nevertheless, like Ichijiku in Highland Park (which also opened all through the pandemic), Sogo Hand Roll Bar in Los Feliz, and Ototo and Tsubaki in Echo Park.