It’s like Cipangu meets Marco Polo when upscale izakaya Cloak + Petal blossoms in Little Italy. Expect cocktail-friendly small plates and handcrafted rolls in a striking, sociable setting.
Say “cheers” with sake glasses at Himitsu, a new slice of classic Tokyo in La Jolla. Created by longtime local favorite sushi chef Mitsu Aihara, the elegant, wood-accented space specializes in jewel-like sashimi, nigiri and beyond.
OUT OF THE BOX
Asian offerings are expanding on busy Kearny Mesa with J/Wata Temaki Bar, where chef-owner Junya Watanabe will showcase his famed kitchen skills. The menu in the 22-seat bar is set to feature top-quality fish and dishes like flame-blistered Japanese eel.
RAMEN ‘N’ ROLL
It can’t be a citywide bonanza of Japanese eats without a ramen-centric spot. Out of Oregon comes Ramen Ryoma where miso, shoyu and pork bone broths—plus izakaya-style bites—are all the rage.
West Pac Noodle Bar in Coronado boasts a menu that spans the Pacific Rim beyond Japan from Singapore to Hawaii. And that means burgeoning bowls of pasta, plus rice and poke, too.