Star Studded Shibumi Chef David Schlosser Brings Traditional Bento Boxes to Imari in West LA

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Restaurateur Philip Camino and Camino Industries (The Hudson, Fellow, Earthbar) are set to bring traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, to Brentwood, CA this summer, with a two phase launch of Imari.

At the helm of Imari’s culinary program are esteemed Japanese cuisine experts Chef Derek Wilcox, formerly of Shoji as well as DTLA’s very own Japanese Cuisine/Goodwill Ambassador David Schlosser of Michelin-starred Shibumi on 8th and Hill Streets.

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Thanks to Chef Schlosser’s deep relationships in Japan, Imari sashimi bento boxes will feature fresh seasonal seafood from Japan. Seafood will be imported from Japan to LAX and delivered directly to Imari. As with washoku tradition, Imari also utilizes the local bounty of seafood and produce in Southern California.

“The core ethos of Imari is authenticity. Chefs Derek Wilcox and David Schlosser have impeccable training at some of Japans most celebrated Michelin-rated restaurants, and their extensive knowledge of Japanese cuisine brings something truly unique to Brentwood,” shares Owner Philip Camino. “We’re thrilled for our guests to experience the bento boxes, as well as the full menu and exquisite omakase dining experiences to come. Our world-class team here at Camino Industries are very excited to deliver this truly unique Japanese concept to Los Angeles.” 

Prior to its full official dine-in opening on July 11, Imari will offer a selection of three sashimi bento boxes, available in limited quantities from 5-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 5-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for pick-up at the restaurant or delivery.

Imari Bento Box menu ranges from $24-$48 and includes selections of salmon, albacore, New Zealand tai sea bream, tilefish, uni, egg omelet, cucumber, pickled ginger, rakkyo, umeboshi, cucumber, and takuan pickles; with pickles for each Bento Box made in-house.

Japanese salt is used, along with water from a special water system the restaurant had installed, that recreates the pH and salinity found in Japan’s water. 

Imari is located at 13050 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Author: Abel Weiss

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