Are you looking for some place new to eat in DTLA?  Well, you need to head to Inko Nito in the Arts District.  The restaurant serves up “unconventional Japanese robatayaki.”  I don’t really know what that means either.  I can tell you they offer up some unique and delicious dishes.  Before we talk about the food, let’s talk about the atmosphere.  The restaurant is built around a grill in the center of the restaurant, with your choice of counter seating or traditional tables.  The staff is super friendly and was happy to make suggestions from the menu.20180130_192958I started with one of their signature cocktails called the Pineapple Shoga ($10) made with vodka, buckwheat shochu, ginger, lime and pineapple.  This drink was clean and refreshing… so good I had a second one.

The food here is all served family style on small share plates.  There were 3 of us so we ordered 8 different dishes.  This ended up being just the right amount of food.  First up was the Dungeness Crab Tartare ($12) served with wasabi mayo, crispy chicken skin and roasted nori.  It’s served in a small tin… that I scrapped clean.


Up next was the an avocado, quinoa, edamame, green bean dish topped with apple wasabi dressing ($10) and the cauliflower topped with garlic soy aioli and parmesan panko ($8).  Both of these dishes were crisp, clean and delicious.  If you like sweet potato you must try their creation.  It’s served in the husk with chili nori butter and chives ($8).

When it came to the meat dishes, we ordered a little of everything.  The Hottie ($9) was fried shrimp with a spicy Korean miso topped with sesame.  The yellowtail sashimi ($16) was served over mizuna (Japanese greens) with yuzu truffle dressing and crispy garlic.

My favorite dishes of the night were the Panko Fried Chicken ($10) served with chili garlic yogurt, and the Prime Beef Short Rib ($20) topped with peanut chili oil and scallions.

All the food was great… and there are so many more items on the menu that I still want to try.

INKO NITO 225-227 So. Garey Street (in the Arts District) 310.999.0476


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