Sushi Gp & Izakaya's menu unites sushi with other Japanese cuisine and internationally inspired fare. The tapas-style dishes include barbecue short ribs bento dinners and salmon sashimi. Each dish is carefully crafted, and then served by friendly waitstaff.
This Los Feliz favorite for Chinese cuisine offers just enough fancy – white tablecloths, red lacquered walls, dim lighting and a hopping bar with signature mai tais – to make it romantic for a date, but it also remains family-friendly. The Palace is family owned, and features traditional Chinese harp music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, adding a lively artistic ambiance. Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines spin out traditional and authentic favorites like soup dumplings, lettuce wraps, crab rangoon and barbecue ribs to start; tangerine shrimp, sizzling scallops, Szechuan peppery chicken and Beijing duck are offered as mains. There’s a big vegetarian menu featuring dishes like mapo tofu and snow peas with fresh water chestnuts, and plentiful fried rice and pan-fried noodle dishes. The restaurant features a private upstairs banquet room that occasionally hosts live entertainment, and offers delivery to the neighborhood.
On a busy Hillhurst block in Los Feliz, En Sushi is an elegant neighborhood spot that offers a little bit of Zen. Dark lacquered wooden floors and tables surround a long sushi bar beneath stone walls, offset by romantically dim lighting and modern Japanese art. There’s a small bar/lounge off to the side that’s well-stocked with a wide variety of sake, while happy hour is popular with locals for its good bargains on hand rolls, beer and lychee martinis. A Japanese menu encompasses traditional favorites like green mussels, grilled sea bass, udon, tempura and teriyaki, alongside appetizers like dynamite and albacore tataki salad. The sushi bar serves up ubiquitous sushi, sashimi and fancy rolls with elaborately impressive displays.
With three restaurants sprinkled throughout southern California, Chi Dynasty represents the holy trinity of Chinese cuisine in Los Angeles. Its flagship location in Los Feliz is a neighborhood staple that’s been serving up generous portions of traditional Sichuan and Mandarin fare for more than 30 years. Dragon-emblazed gold medallions hang alongside the true focal point of Chi Dynasty – a textured, wall-sized mural of deep red waves set against a black backdrop. This, paired with the restaurant’s low lighting and metallic fixtures, naturally elicits a sleek, modern feel that’s ideal for date night. However, it’s Chi Dynasty’s knockout menu that keeps patrons coming back for seconds. The Chinese chicken salad with black bean garlic sauce is a top seller, as are the Sichuan garlic string beans. The shrimp with candied walnuts is another signature dish that won’t disappoint.
A third-generation Japanese culinary expert, Chef Chris crafts each of Ji Sushi's authentic rolls, from seaweed-wrapped tuna and yellowtail maki to rice-wrapped spicy salmon and spicy scallop uramaki. His specialty sushi includes classics such as philadelphia and shrimp-tempura rolls, and his nigiri incorporates ingredients such as whitefish, squid, and smelt roe, named for the numerous people who have smelled it before you. Cucumber and shiitake sushi are among six rolls catered to vegan diners. To wash down meals, barkeeps break out several sakes, including the mellow Aladdin Yuzu and Kizakura, a unfiltered sake imported from Japan.
Papaya salad. Spicy mint. Pad see ewe. These colorful dishes, tossed with fresh vegetables and contained within noodle bowls and wraps, decorate plates at Vegan House. The Thai-influenced menu satisfies appetites of all stripes with inventive offerings that include pancakes heaped with tropical fruits. Patrons can stop in for dinner, order up a lunch combination, or start their days by chowing down on a flavorful breakfast instead of by airing a list of grievances against their alarm clock.