Hold on to your chopsticks.
Beloved sushi chef Niki Nakayama’s long-awaited venture, N/Naka, is officially open for business.
A reservations-only affair, the Culver City resto’s sole focus is Nakayama’s masterful prix fixe omakase meals.
The interior’s minimalism plays a supporting role to the starring culinary attractions. Settle into one of nine dining tables and take in the view (giant wine and sake case, bustling sushi bar). Or book a private room if you prefer to devour each better-than-the-last course (many flavored with ingredients from the chef’s private garden) in Zen-like solitude.
Fresh cuts of sashimi are mouthwatering interludes between hearty courses such as sous vide Wagyu beef, steamed crab mushi, and poached foie gras. A green tea souffle rises to the occasion as a showstopping dessert.
It’s a meal so transcendent it’ll bring a wasabi-flavored tear to your eye.
N/Naka, 3455 South Overland Avenue, between Palms Boulevard and Lawler Street, Culver City (310-836-6252 or n-naka.com).
Photo: Courtesy of N/Naka