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Shunji Japanese Cuisine

Restaurants, Japanese Santa Monica
Shunji Japanese Cuisine
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Time Out says

Newly relocated to Santa Monica from its longtime chili bowl-shaped home on Pico Boulevard, Shunji is a small Westside sushi bar that flipped to making seasonal, beautifully boxed omakase sets during the pandemic. When available for dine-in service, chef Shunji Nakao’s eponymous restaurant (run with his wife, Yuko) offers well-curated omakase for both lunch and dinner, with à la carte options as well. Evening diners can choose between two omakase menus: one that involves cooked dishes and appetizers in addition to some sashimi, or one that’s dedicated to sushi. Whether you’re opening up your Tock pickup order or dining in, Nakao knows exactly how much wasabi to hide in each scoop of rice, making the heat rise in the back of your throat, but not enough that your nose will start to run.


Address: 3003 Ocean Park Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Thu Noon-2pm, 6-10pm; Fri Noon-2pm, 6-10:30pm; Sat 6-10:30pm; Sun 6-10pm
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