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In an underground location on South San Pedro Street, Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar is a treat for the foodies with a tapas menu consisting of Japanese fusion dishes. It is great for relishing some good varieties of sake and beer while gorging on Kushi Katsu, Seaweed Salad, Yakitori, Sauteed Shishito Peppers and Unagi and Chirimen Jyako Fried Rice. There is a separate happy hour menu that helps to quell the raging appetites. The Bento Boxes offer delightful combinations of salad, tempura, stew and oysters that can be packed and relished at leisure. The venue is dimly lit and perfect for a romantic dinner date. The staff and service are also appealing.
A chain of restaurants started by Kazunori Nozawa, Sugarfish is renowned for serving authentic Japanese cuisine. The Los Angeles outlet is located in the city's bustling downtown neighborhood. Sushi being the highlight of this place, you can take your pick from a delightful variety made from tuna, halibut, yellowtail, salmon, scallops, unagi (eel), albacore, snapper and more. A must-try is the house special, Nozawa-style Shrimp. This restaurant also offers omakase-style dining, where you have to rely on your chef to serve you the best multi-course dishes. Reservations are not accepted at Sugarfish Downtown LA; make sure to reach there well in advance to procure a seat.
This exclusive bar requires a membership, but before you jump ship, know that it's a measly USD20 a year to gain access, which is the equivalent of a club cover charge for just one night in Los Angeles! The interior is dimly lit and the gorgeous bar is adorned with fruits, spirits, spices and herbs, thereby giving you a description of the ingredients that make the potent rum-infused cocktails. Caña boasts of over 100 rums, and each variety has an unique character as these are small-batch liqueurs. Their mixologists are friendly and they do not forget to add the much deserved drama to your drinks. Apart from the strong rum collection, the gorgeous outdoor seating is Caña's another unique proposition, here in the warmth of a fireplace and cane seating spaces patrons can easily get oblivious to the outside world.
Here finally is a no-nonsense bar-lounge in Silver Lake with just enough nostalgic class to set it apart from a teeny bopper/scenester hangout, without making it exclusive, elitist or overdone by any means. The place has an air of a good old speakeasy, bedecked with mahogany, smoky mirrors, snug leather booths, and a jukebox. It is frequented by older hipsters and artists and musicians of all ages, popular and well-attended throughout the week. The quality and variety of classical drinks are somewhat of a matter of pride with Thirsty Crow, whose bartenders deftly serve Mint Juleps, Old Fashioned, Manhattans and Gimlets mixed to perfection, strong and smooth. The prices are refreshingly trim, encouraging patrons to go back for seconds time and again.
One of the most cost-effective places to relish good quality sushi and sake, Yen Sushi & Sake Bar is a gem of a place. The menu has a long list of sushi varieties to choose from including the classics like Saba, Hirame, Hamachi, Maguro Shirome, Hotate and Ono. The maki rolls are also tasty and equally well priced. A good place to indulge one's cravings for sushi, Yen Sushi & Sake Bar also serves sake that is much loved. Sashimi, tempura, soba and salads that are also offered. The Gyoza is tasty and the OMFG Roll is worth a try with its delectable flavors. The venue can be contacted for catering services for events too.