This week in L.A. restaurants: Izakaya and sushi den Kodo opens, Ricardo Zarate brings Nikkei to Silver Lake


A striking Kyoto-inspired izakaya from David Wynn, owner of Hollywood Kensho restaurant and wine bar, is now open in the Arts District in Wynn’s Kensho Group’s boutique hotel Rykn. Featuring a sushi bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fire pit and private dining room, Kodo is run by the chef and Hamasaku veterinarian Yoya Takahashi, who has partnered with Kensho, leads the way to the grand opening. temari sushi works DSCO last year. At Kodo, the menu includes binchotan grilled robatayaki (a specialty of culinary chef Jaehee Lee, formerly of Cafe Stella and Lazy J’s) to maki, sashimi and omakase supervised by sushi chef Alex Kohsuke Suzuki. The Rykn Cafe is open all day in the Rykn lobby, serving coffee, matcha, wine and sake, with a limited food program. Kodo is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; Rykn Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

710 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 302-8010,

A moody shot of the minimalist sushi bar at Kodo, which features open shelves and a marble sushi bar.

Kodo has a sushi bar where the shokunin team prepares nigiri, maki and sashimi for guests at the counter.

(Gry Space / Kodo)


Chef Ricardo Zarate’s Nikkei Peruvian Causita restaurant is now open in Silver Lake next to the reimagined restaurant Bar Moruno. The chef, who is also behind the show at Fairfax’s new Short Story Restaurant, is serving typical Nikkei dishes formed from the Japanese migration to Peru. In Causita, look for Nikkei nigiri served with potatoes instead of rice; udon noodles with Peruvian pesto; churros foie gras with lucuma and more. Ramsey Musk’s (formerly Ma’am Sir) pisco-forward bar program features Japanese whiskey, agave, and Peruvian and Japanese-inspired cocktails; a biodynamic-focused wine list curated by David Rosoff (co-owner of adjacent sibling concepts Bar Moruno and Rápido). Causita is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

3709 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 546-0505,

Image of a bowl of caxto ceviche ceviche by Causita on a wooden table top.

Causita brings the ceviche mixto – with kanpachi, calamari, shrimp, scallops and leche de tigre – to the former Sawyer space, just off Sunset Triangle Plaza.

(Anne Fishbein / Causita)


Bernhard Mairinger, formerly of BierBeisl and Patina Group, has spent the last few years working as a personal chef; in early 2023, he will be back with a new restaurant. An all-day venue called Lustig is planned to open in Culver City’s Helms Bakery complex with a fusion of Austrian, German and other European fare in the form of truffle chicken liver mousse, unbaked eggs and non-baked eggs. and barbecue pan with tuna tartare. Joining Mairinger will country sommelier Martin Riese.

8703 Washington Blvd., Culver City,

My Tho Bread expanded

The popular banh mi My Tho Bread – already available in Alhambra and Rosemead – has expanded with a second location in Rosemead. The third restaurant has taken over the former Wienerschnitzel and is selling the local chain’s bread from the take-out A-frame space. Expect a signature, $5 banh mi with varieties like Vietnamese meatballs, roast pork and caramel chicken, plus summer rolls and coffee and tea. The new location is open from 7am to 6pm daily.

7434 Garvey Ave., Rosemead, (626) 545-2008,

My Tho char siu bread is split in two.

Banh Mi My Tho’s newest location sells the local chain’s signature summer banh mi and banh cuon seven days a week.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Changes in Magic Castle

Popular restaurant and performance venue Magic Castle has announced that a new chef will lead its culinary division: Benoit “Ben” LaFleche, formerly of the Griffin Club and of the Waterfront Beach Resort of Huntington Beach, currently executive chef. With this announcement also comes an additional pub-inspired outdoor area, used first for private events, and then for non-event meals and cocktails. Magic Castle burned down at the end of 2020 because a series of accusations, including sexual assault and discrimination; a new owner, Randy Pitchford, is in the buying process Magic Castle, including restaurant and adjoining hotel.

7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 851-3313,

AAPI pop-up market

New online store Combap Mart hosts monthly pop-ups during San Gabriel’s New Flower Market Hall and on May 7 there will be a special event in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The pop-up supermarket, operating from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will sell food and household items from Asian-American manufacturers and companies, including ceramics, a special stock of fish sauce of Red Boat and a set of cupcake boxes co-produced with Vietnamese people. pop-up Ba Ky bakery. The pop-up will also offer a range of limited-edition t-shirts that celebrate LA’s neighborhoods and Asian regions.

Chapter 264 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel,

Emotional Brunch

A new pop-up series is stoking 2000s nostalgia: Emo Brunch, running Saturday and Sunday through May 22, takes over the second floor of the Bourbon Room in Hollywood with treats like Pancakes! at the disco, the Hash-Brown Confessional, and a Reclaimed Sundae. Each ticketed, 90-minute session costs $50 per guest and includes one entry and a choice of mimosa or non-alcoholic beverages, with additional food and drinks available for purchase.

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