If you've got Japanese fare on the brain, you're in luck: We've found the freshest Los Angeles eateries to quell your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Japanese food.
226 E. First St., Little Tokyo
Azay is a Japanese and French spot.
This new business serves up Japanese breakfast and lunch, while also offering French-inspired dishes. The Japanese breakfast features a broiled fish of the day, while lunchtime brings a daily bento and a cold soba noodle dish.
Azay's current Yelp rating of five stars out of 18 reviews indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Dina F., who reviewed Azay on Sept. 24, wrote, "Words cannot describe how amazing this place is... I had the bento lunch... It was so beautifully presented and the food made me feel so healthy and clean. "
Joshua P. noted, "The food was excellent! Broiled fish, rice, soft tofu, tamagoyaki, vegetables and miso soup. Everything was made with attention to detail and care, but for me, the miso soup was the real showstopper — homemade dashi base, with a rich flavor, mushrooms and crisp green vegetables. Best Japanese breakfast I've had this side of the Pacific."
Azay is open from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
323 E. First St., Little Tokyo
KABUTO is a chicken shop and Japanese spot, offering chicken wings and more.
KABUTO specializes in Japanese-style fried chicken. It offers two combo options: breast and wing or thigh, drum and whole wing. The meal comes with choice of one side such as cream corn or garlic noodles, as well as garlic chicken rice, pickles and housemade dipping sauce.
With a four-star rating out of seven reviews on Yelp, KABUTO has been getting positive attention.
Yelper Alexander O., who reviewed KABUTO on Sept. 22, wrote, "...Very delicious chicken with a sauce that is perfectly suited with it. A creamy and tangy taste I think is the best way to describe it. The rice included is a chicken rice that matched the fried chicken very well."
David V. noted, "Delicious food. The wait was a bit long and it was pricey but definitely quality chicken."
KABUTO is open from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday.
150 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood
Sushi Miyagi is a sushi bar and Japanese spot.
This new business serves up omakase, where chef Shinichi Miyagi creates a customized sushi selection for diners. The restaurant offers three levels of omakase dining. View the menu here.
Sushi Miyagi's current rating of five stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Kat M., who was one of the first users to visit Sushi Miyagi on Aug. 24, wrote, "Chef Shin creates an authentic omakase experience but injects his own thoughtfully made creative flare with each dish."
Noriko I. noted, "This is a cozy little place offering an authentic omakase sushi experience at sushi bar only."
Sushi Miyagi is open from noon–2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)