LA Food - Week 1: Wabi Sabi
In Japanese, Wabi sabi means the art of imperfection. It’s seeing beauty within the flaws. Nestled right on Abbot Kinney sits a place encompassing just that.
Matching Venice’s eccentric vibe, the dimly lit, intimate interior draws you inside to the perfect bar atmosphere to share a carefully-curated cocktail and a few laughs with friends.
Keep walking past the painting-studded walls, which showcase local artists from all over Los Angeles, to an untraditional sit-down setting. The always-friendly manager, Sterling, ensures everyone’s experience is nothing less than extravagant.
Sourced from daily trips to the farmers market, each menu item features traditional Japanese cuisine with a special twist uniquely Wabi. Start the night on a spicy note with the garlic chili edamame for the table or the steaming stuffed shishito peppers for something a bit different. Traditional Japanese Sake is served in a white ceramic dish set to pour and sip between bites.
Miso soups cleanse the palate while deciding between head sushi chef Rain’s signature rolls. Head over to the back sushi bar to catch him making it Rain, where he always greets you with a smile. Opt for his specialty roll named after him or get a taste of some 24k magic with Wabi’s seared toro topped with caviar, smoked soy and dusted with edible gold flakes.
Seal the night with Japanese-style green tea ice cream or a classic creme brulee while deciding which painting to buy as your next statement piece.
-Written by Angelina Lewis
WABI SABI is located on 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Book your reservation by calling 310.314.2229