Imari open on boulevard San Vicente
By Kerry Slater
A Japanese restaurant has opened just across the border from Santa Monica in Brentwood, run by a Michelin-starred chef and sushi master.
The restaurant, called Imari, is located at 13050 San Vicente Boulevard, near the Brentwood Country Mart. The operation replaced the Nagao restaurant, which occupied the property for 22 years before closing in late 2020.
Imari opens its doors on Friday June 11. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Currently, the restaurant offers three different bento boxes for pickup with plans to deliver in-person meals later this month.
Imari’s cuisine is based on the Japanese washoku culinary tradition.
“True to our philosophy of authenticity, Imari serves washoku, paying homage to traditional Japanese cuisine by using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. The seafood is sustainably sourced from local producers, while the pickles in each bento box are made in-house in small batches. Japanese salt is used, along with water from a special filtration system, which recreates the pH and salinity found in Japanese water, ”the restaurant’s website read.
Imari is run by two elite leaders. The executive chef is David Schlosser, chef of the Michelin-starred Downtown Los Angeles restaurant Shibumi.
“The dishes bring together a range of inspired Japanese flavors, but equal attention is given to texture and artistic presentations,” the Michelin review on Shibumi reads. “There is perhaps no nicer place to learn more about kappo-style cooking.”
Alongside Schlosser is Derek Wilcox, a sushi master who made his chops at New York restaurant Shoji.
While cooking at Imari, Schlosser will continue to work at Shibumi, maintaining the two restaurants simultaneously, as reported Los Angeles Eater.