The L.A. dining scene is on fire, and the proof is in the pudding with the recent round of Michelin star announcements. A trio of restaurants earned two stars: Somni by José Andrés at sbe; Vespertine, chef Jordan Kahn’s wildly ambitious, gastronomic venture in Culver City, and n/naka, which specializes in kaiseki, a Japanese culinary art form based on balance and seasonality (pictured). The last restaurant was founded by chef Niki Nakayama, who spent three years traveling throughout Japan to study various regional dishes. A stint with chef Masa Sato introduced her to kaiseki, which would become her ultimate calling, but she originally opened the successful Azami Sushi Café upon her return here. At n/naka, choose either her 13-course Modern Kaiseki or its vegetarian version; both source ingredients from the restaurant’s organic garden. Wine and sake pairings are separate.
3455 South Overland Avenue; 310.836.6252; n-naka.com