Whenever I visit Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and see all those great places to eat on site, I always entertain a recurring thought: Why can’t we have something like this in L.A.?
Well, seafood wholesaler California Fish, located in the Warehouse District, has done just that.
Art & Fish is open for lunch only, from 11AM-2PM on weekdays (but fear not, for dinner service is coming soon, says one of the employees). The place is not particularly fancy: Just a takeout counter, some tables and chairs. The menu is neither ornate nor gargantuan, but the items all feature really nice, fresh ingredients from the sea.
And one of the best things about Art & Fish is that it offers that rarest of rare commodities in L.A.: A free parking lot (!)
No obvious signage (of course)…
Plenty of (self) seating…
Whole fish also for sale here (from the display case)…
Lunch is served!
Amuse: Japanese imported yuba with momotaro tomato & pepper… Insalata Caprese, J-town style.
Art & Fish Yuba Roll: Ikura, maguro, tai, salmon, negitoro, yuba soy paper, egg, ooba (big leaf shiso), daikon, takuan, sushi meshi… Delectable.
Jewel Chirashi: Uni, ikura, maguro, salmon, tai, negitoro, tamago, edamame, takuan, gari, negi, sesame, wasabi… Excellent, excellent rice. The addition of the edamame is a beautifully homey and casual touch (the owner hails from not-so-austere Hokkaido). One of the top chirashi in all of L.A.!
Dessert: Rose bean mochi… This was a bit disappointing - Though the texture and consistency were good, for some reason the flavor was off here.
Art & Fish is an ideal quick lunch spot, with easy, casual and fresh seafood. I look forward to their dinner service when it starts in the near future.
Art & Fish
564 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021