Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Mar 25, 2006 03:15 PM

Who has a Japanese chef (besides sushi places)?

  • w

I've learned over time that I tend to enjoy restaurants with Japanese chefs. So which places have a Japanese chef? I'm not including suchi places. For example, I like Orris (on Sawtelle), Maison Akira (in Pasadena), Shiro (in South Pasadena), and En (in Vancouver). Though of course, a Japanese chef doesn't always mean I'll like it. For example, I had an ok meal at Beacon. Maybe it was an off night, but we're not hurrying back any time soon.

Besides the above, I also know of Mako and Kikuchi from these boards. They are on my list to try. Any others you would recommend?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Chef Shigefumi Tachibe is at

    M Café de Chaya (melrose)
    Chaya Brasserie (bev hills)
    Chaya Venice


    2 Replies
    1. re: cj

      and many franco-japanese rest's and asian fusion joints like mako, or chaya venice, or maybe chinois, maison akira, grill lyon, etc.

      1. re: cj

        Three restaurants for one chef generally means he's at none of them, so if you are talking about actually receving some of his cooking as oppposed to some of his management this may not count. But this a problem at many places that rely upon a name instead of the substance.

      2. Mako is very good. Kikuchi is great, but the service and wait time between courses can be looooooong - just be forewarned, set aside a good couple of hours, if not more.

        Also consider Restaraunt 2117, and if you are ever out in the SFV try Gorikee.

        Restaurant 2117
        2117 Sawtelle Blvd
        Los Angeles
        (310) 477-1617

        21799 Ventura Blvd
        Woodland Hills
        (818) 932-9149

        1 Reply
        1. re: ipse dixit

          Gorikee is a great place. The food is essentially french with some slight Asian flavors. I can't say the food is spectacular, but I highly recommend for their creativity.


        2. I forgot to mention Chef Glen Ishii at Noe at the Omni Hotel. He's the chef de cuisine. The executive chef, Robert Gadsby, is rarely in the kitchen because he's always starting new places, but Glen is there and is very kind; he personally greets clientele and will email you back if you leave info. on the response card.

          251 S Olive St
          Los Angeles, CA 90012


          1. Cinch, on Wilshire in Santa Monica [Fred Iwasaki, formerly at Cafe del Rey] and Orris on Sawelle North of Olympic [Hideo Yamashiro, owner of Shiro's in Pasadena] come to mind.

            1. Maybe another Chowhound can help now that we are on the scent, but I seem to recall an Indian restaurant with a Japanese chef.