• Food,  Food Spot Reviews,  Los Angeles

    Kato: Simple Elevated

    The 10-course tasting menu at Kato is chef’s Jon Yao’s interpretation of Asian American on a plate.  His constantly rotating menu inspired by seasonal flavours is a nod to Los Angeles, Taiwanese, and Japanese fare.  Food and Wine Magazine awarded Chef Jon Yao the Best New Chef in 2018.  He also received a nomination for a Rising Star from the James Beard Foundation.  Chef Yao and thus Kato’s popularity is inevitable.  Get in before the rush hits.  Their simple elevated plates will guarantee to stir your taste buds and evoke discussion.   @Kato, Los Angeles: First Impressions Kato is tucked in a corner of a random mini-mall.  The sign is subtle,…

  • Food,  Food Spot Reviews,  Los Angeles

    Niya Sushi: Sushi Roll Heaven

    The hour-plus drive from Santa Monica to Huntington Beach was soon forgotten after my first bite at Niya Sushi.  This unassuming Japanese joint located in the middle of a random mall complex in Huntington Beach leads to sushi roll heaven.  Its great atmosphere, friendly and smiley staff, quick service, well-priced menu, fresh sushi, quality food, and incredible sushi rolls made that long-ass drive more than worth it.   Appies @Niya Every Japanese restaurant has edamame.  But only Niya Sushi offers this amazing sweet and spicy garlic edamame.  It is delicious, it is sweet and spicy, it is garlicky, and it is absolutely addicting.  Great way to open up the meal and…