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.I 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 inkonitorestaurant.com