Plenty of Los Angeles Japanese restaurants stand out for their sushi. For a casual take, head to Kabuki Restaurant, which favors modern decor and top-40 tunes over a hardcore authentic experience. Foodies may prefer the more upscale Mori Sushi, the former provenance of legendary sushi chef Morihiro Onodera, whose dedication to beautifully plated rolls endures. Still, a killer sushi bar isn’t everything. In fact, when it comes to Japanese cuisine, some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles concentrate as much on creative entrees as they do on maki and sashimi. Take Nobu Los Angeles, a pricey hotspot where diners savor hot and cold dishes such as monkfish pate, black cod with miso, and wagyu beef.

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