Celebrity sushi chef Morihiro Onodera has quietly opened a new restaurant this month, and in Atwater Village of all areas. The sleepy, relatives-helpful Eastside neighborhood near Silver Lake is now dwelling to Morihiro, an upscale takeaway-only Japanese restaurant that opened last week to minimal fanfare — and chef Mori is at the helm, turning out bento boxes, omakase sets, and far more.
Enthusiasts of Onodera have for yrs adopted the enigmatic, bespectacled chef all over Los Angeles, from legendary stints at his own Mori Sushi in West LA additional than a ten years back to a run at Shiki in Beverly Hills a few yrs in the past. More than the decades Onodera has also fallen deeply in really like with growing his have rice and generating his very own ceramics, when more not too long ago pulling a tranquil type of double-obligation as the culinary ambassador for Japan Dwelling in Hollywood. LA Times co-critic Invoice Addison even glowingly reviewed Onodera’s foods there at the on-web site cafe Inn Ann final year, charting the peaceful chef’s journey by way of some of LA’s most well-known Japanese dining places.
Suffice it to say, Onodera is considered to be among the LA’s most vaunted sushi masters, which will make previous week’s opening of Morihiro all the much more surprising, thinking about it opened the working day immediately after Thanksgiving. The cafe sits at 3133 Glendale Boulevard, possessing taken about 50 % of the Viet Noodle Bar room appropriate on the key retail drag, and for now is presenting bento packing containers, chirashi bowls, rolls, and omakase sets for takeaway only. Examine out well known information board Foodstuff Speak Central for a appear at the fish up close.
Morihiro opened on November 27, retaining hrs from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, Wednesday by way of Sunday, and 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner. The restaurant is virtually specified to be a hit with Eastside sushi enthusiasts, notably considering the fact that so several of the city’s greatest spots have lengthy been gathered on the Westside or up in the Valley. There has been an influx of Japanese restaurants all round in the past several several years, although, 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.