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Japanese expat is making some of L.A.'s most exciting sushi

A Tiny Six-Seat South Bay Sushi Spot Is Exploring the Nuances of Aged Fish


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Location: CA-Los Angeles

Story Date: 4/3/2019

Publisher: Los Angeles Magazine   

Author: Garrett Snyder

Hidden in plain sight along Manhattan Beach’s breezy main drag, Sushi I-Naba looks like someplace you’d find in a quiet suburb of Tokyo: a spare, nondescript storefront not much larger than a single-car garage. There are six seats wrapped around a polished wood counter and little else, save for Yasu Hirano, the sole chef, who presides over lunch and dinner six days a week. An omakase (chef’s choice) meal might begin with a saucer of baby eels splashed with ponzu or a square of crab-fat-infused tofu gilded with Hokkaido uni. Thick slices of kanburi, a mature yellowtail caught in winter, when its fat content is highest, are followed by a parade of exquisitely balanced nigiri.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: More Unique Than Usual

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