For those who are familiar with Weller Court in the Little Tokyo District in Los Angeles, there was once a restaurant there called Kappo Ishito that served wonderful authentic Japanese sushi by their head chef Akio Ishito. The restaurant got many rave reviews but unfortunately their door closed in 2010 since the owners moved to San Diego.
Now Mr. Akio Ishito is back with a new restaurant in San Diego called Kokoro Restaurant. Kokoro in Japanese means “Heart” or “from the Heart” which embodies the dedication and love that Mr. Akio puts into his work. He chooses the freshest of ingredients which he proudly displays onto the front bar of his restaurant. His menu has a specialty for Jidori Chicken recipes. Jidori meals are made from free range chickens which ecompasses Mr. Akio’s theme of freshly made, high quality dishes.
Kokoro Restaurant just opened their doors this May 2014 and also offer Omakase service if you reserve 2 days early.
Well who am I to keep telling the story about Kokoro. If you are a serious Sushi connoisseur that really appreciates authentic Japanese style cusine, you need to visit Kokoro and try it out for yourself.
One more plus I will give, Kokoro in my book is one of the few Japanese restaurants I know that serves desserts other than green tea ice cream. They have a selection of Panna Cotta, Goma Pudding (sesame pudding), and red bean soup. The Panna Cotta I LOOOVEEE -really velvety.
For more info visit their website at http://www.kokoro-restaurant.net/