Japanese: When Chef Katsuya Uechi wanted to open a place where he could actually spend some quality time, he chose Studio City and named the place Kiwami. Katsuya, who owns six other restaurants in the Katsu-ya Group as well as partners with SBE for the nine Katsuya by Starck eateries around the world, offers an omakase (chef's selection) meal at Kiwami that he selects and prepares. It comes at market price, and you'll need a reservation to experience his personal touch. At other times, try his Japanese version of tapas (served only at Happy Hour), like a Shrimp Shumai Dumpling or a Spicy Tuna Handroll. At dinner, don't miss the Crab Stuffed Tuna Sashimi lollipop and indulge in the Seafood Tajin Pot. There's plenty more to try, and even if the chef isn't personally preparing your meal, it's still one of the best in town.
Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:
Japanese: "Make reservations in advance and you'll get the Japanese treat of a lifetime, created by famed Chef Katsuya Uechi himself."
Best for Japanese Because: Of all the numerous restaurants that Chef Katsuya Uechi operates, Kiwami is the only place where he personally creates the omakase for his guests.
- Cooked Seafood
- Variety Plate
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