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Jul 19, 2008 12:13 PM

Bimi in West LA

I ate at Bimi, a japanese restaurant in West LA (Wilshire and Armacost) last night with my boyfriend, and we were very impressed! Apparently, the place has been open for a month but only recently hung up signage.

Walking into the restaurant was like being transported back to Japan. I had been yearning to go back for a while now, and being at the restaurant made me want to return to Japan even more. It has a contemporary, minimalist feel but very "Japanese" at the same time.

We ordered a bunch of stuff: seafood tacos, udon, filet mignon, a variety of sushi and hand rolls, and even dessert. Everything was fresh and flavorful. I especially liked the seafood tacos.

My boyfriend and I already know that we will be frequent visitors since we live within walking distance. And I have to say, even living so close to Sawtelle and all of its Japanese restaurants, Bimi definitely gives them a run for their money. (The only place that I feel is comparable in taste is Orris.)

Does anyone have their own thoughts of this place?

11917 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90049

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    1. I just happen to read LA times article about it today too.

      any hounder been there before and can chime in? I'm curious if they do omakase, and if it's any good :-


      11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      1. re: kelvlam

        The word is out so there is no use in keeping a secret a secret...the place is amazing, top to bottom. I had a specially made omakase this week, wonderful.
        Sabu and Co do a great job.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          What's parking like for the restaurant?

          1. re: noodlie

            There is a parking lot between BiMi and Laisy Daisy. It's free.

      2. I just read EaterLA that Mori and Sushi Nozawa got starred... I wonder will BiMi, this secret gem is gonna get some light shining over them :-)

        1. I read the review in the LA Times a few months ago -- that's when BiMi was just getting started and the staff actually made an effort in order to attract business. Well, now that BiMi has more business, they are more concerned with cranking through the customers instead of providing quality food and a good experience.

          This place used to be a regular hang out for me and my friends. We used to like it because the prices were reasonable and the food was edible. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't superb either. Well, now in addition to poor service the food portions were smaller and the prices were higher. When I asked them to take back the albacore because it didn't smell right the main lady became very upset, took the food and still charged us for the smelly fish! I was very disappointed especially since I was a regular.

          If you've never been to BiMi, my goal is not to discourage you from going. Rather, I want you to know that you should have low expectations in order to be satisfied with their mediocrity, average fish (at best), and mean/rude attitudes.

          I will never go back! it's worth to pay extra and get good service and better food.

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          1. re: sunnyday69

            Agree 100% - Quality took a nose-dive and prices have soared since the LA Times piece.

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              It was the most haphazard, disinterested service I ever EVER had in a restaurant ANYWHERE. Loved the look and vibe of the place but it took SO long to be served and even SO MUCH LONGER to get our check that I don't think I could suffer through that again no matter how good the food was.