slacker has a secret to tell us—a Japanese secret. There’s a magical little chef’s table
that shows up most nights at Inaka Seafood. By day, Inaka is a seafood market with some prepared Japanese foods. By night, chef Niki Nakayama, formerly of Azami, takes over and turns the restaurant into a chef’s table for up to 10 diners. It’s a multi-course, experimental Japanese extravaganza, for $80 a person. If you bring enough friends, you can have the place all to yourself. “It was way awesome cool,” says slacker. “Like having a private dinner with your friends at a secret restaurant, and having the chef all to yourself.” Tell her what you like and don’t like, and she’ll run wild.
slacker’s meal included lobster with avocado ravioli, kobe beef, shiitake mushrooms stuffed with shrimp, perfectly seared Chilean sea bass, foie gras and unagi risotti, sushi, and sashimi. “It was a wonderful, delicious, excellent dinner.”
Niki is working on getting her own, larger place in a few years, so this little chef’s table will soon disappear. Get in while the getting’s good.
Inaka Seafood Gourmet [San Gabriel Valley]
838 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia
Board Link: Chef’s Table at Inaka Seafood