This week in LA restaurants: Izakaya and sushi den Kodo open, Ricardo Zarate takes Nikkei to Silver Lake



A Kyoto-inspired izakaya by David Wynn, owner of Hollywood wine bar and restaurant Kensho, is now open in the Arts District of Wynn’s Kensho Group’s boutique hotel Rykn. With a sushi bar, indoor and outdoor dining, fire pit and private dining room, Kodo is led by executive chef and Hamasaku veterinarian Yoya Takahashi, who collaborated with Kensho to launch temari sushi operation DSCO Last year. At Kodo, the menu ranges from grilled robatayaki to binchotan (a specialty of head chef Jaehee Lee, formerly of Cafe Stella and The lazy Js) to maki, sashimi and omakase overseen by sushi chef Alex Kohsuke Suzuki. The all-day Rykn Cafe in the Rykn Lobby serves coffee, matcha, wine, and sake, with a limited food schedule to follow. Kodo is open 5:30 p.m. 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 Avenue, Los Angeles, (213) 302-8010,

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

(Space Gry / Kodo)


Causita, chef Ricardo Zarate’s Peruvian Nikkei restaurant, is now open in Silver Lake, next to the reimagined Bar Moruno. The chef, who is also behind the program for the new Fairfax’s Restaurant Short Stories, serves the typical Nikkei cuisine formed by the Japanese migration to Peru. At Causita, look for the Nikkei nigiri served with potatoes instead of rice; Peruvian pesto udon; foie gras churros with lucuma and more. Ramsey Musk’s (formerly Ma’am Sir) pisco-forward bar program features Japanese whiskey, agave spirits, and Peruvian and Japanese-inspired cocktails; a biodynamic-focused wine list is curated by David Rosoff (co-owner of adjacent sister concepts Bar Moruno and Rápido). Causita is open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

3709 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, (323) 546-0505,

A shot of a bowl of Causita ceviche mixto ceviche on a wooden table.

Causita brings 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 private chef; in early 2023, it should return with a new restaurant. An all-day spot called Lustig is set to open in Culver City’s Helms Bakery complex featuring a mix of Austrian, German and European cuisines in the form of truffled chicken liver mousse profiteroles, uni deviled eggs and pan con tomate with tuna tartare. Joining Mairinger will be water sommelier Martin Riese.

8703 Washington Blvd., Culver City,

Banh Mi My-Tho expands

Banh mi stalwart Banh Mi My-Tho – already in Alhambra and Rosemead – has expanded with a second location in Rosemead. The third restaurant has taken over a former Wienerschnitzel and sells the local A-frame space chain’s banh mi for takeout only. Expect the signature, $5 banh mi in varieties such as Vietnamese meatball, grilled pork, and caramel chicken, plus summer rolls and coffee and tea. The new location is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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

A photo of a Banh Mi My-Tho banh mi grilled pork sandwich cut in half.

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

(Stephanie Breijo/Los Angeles Times)

Magic Castle Changes

Famous performance hall and restaurant, the Magic Castle has announced that a new chef will lead its culinary branch: Benoit “Ben” LaFleche, formerly of the Griffin Club and the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, is now the executive chef. The announcement also comes with the addition of a bistro-inspired outdoor space, which will first be used for private events, then for cocktails and non-event dining. The Magic Castle came under fire at the end of 2020 for a series of allegations, including sexual assault and discrimination; a new owner, Randy Pitchford, is being purchased the Magic Castle, including its restaurant and adjacent hotel.

7001 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 851-3313,

AAPI pop-up market

The new Combap Mart online store hosts monthly pop-up markets within San Gabriel’s new Blossom Market Hall and May 7 will host a special event in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The pop-up market, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will sell food and household goods from Asian American manufacturers and companies, including ceramics, Red Boat’s special reserve fish sauce and a box set. of collaborative bakery products based on Vietnamese pop-up bakery Ba Kỳ. The pop-up will also feature a line of limited-edition T-shirts celebrating LA’s Asian neighborhoods and enclaves.

264 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel,

Emo Brunch

A new pop-up series takes inspiration from emo and 2000s nostalgia: Emo Brunch, which runs Saturdays and Sundays through May 22, takes over the second floor of the Bourbon Room in Hollywood with dishes like what pancakes! at the Disco, Hash-Brown Confessional and a Taking Back Sundae. Each ticketed 90-minute session is $50 per guest and includes admission and choice of mimosa or soft drink, with additional food and beverages available for purchase.

6356 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles,


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