Yakiniku Osen: Decadent Japanese Barbecue in an Intimate Silver Lake Setting

In the simplest Japanese terms, “Yaki”(焼) means grill and “Niku” (肉) means meat. But there’s nothing simple about the colorful and creative dishes at Silver Lake’s newest hotspot Yakiniku Osen. Destination dining for Los Angeles’s east side, the restaurant from chef Damon Cho offers an upscale tasting menu of A5 wagyu beef flamed to perfection right at your table.

At the intimate and sleek space, the Nobu and Tao alum offers a delectable ode to the yakiniku restaurants where diners grill their own meat at the table. We started, of course, with a bottle of chilled Hakutsuru. While diners can order a la carte, most patrons seem to order from one of five omakase tasting menus.

The experiences – and they are most certainly experiences – range in price from $150 to $320. We lost count of exactly how many dishes exactly are included around dish four. First course is a Chawanmushi, a  steamed egg custard with uni and a generous serving of caviar. Light and airy, it was a caviar lover’s dream.

Followed by the Uni Ikura with sushi rice and sesame oil. A refreshing jolt and all in just one bite.

The amazing Trio of A5Wagyu appetizers – uni, A5 Wagyu Steak, A5 Wagyu tartare, endive, and sea trumpet – was worth the price of admission alone. The delectable Lobster Carpaccio with caviar and somen noodles in a creamy dressing gave us just a hint of Italian Japanese fusion. The oxtail soup provided a sense of warmth on the chilly APril evening and was followed by a sorbet – odd, we thought at first – but it was the perfect pallet cleanser. It has a Mojito-esque taste and is best followed by a sip of sake.

And, of course, then there’s the incredible A5 Wagyu – needless to say, there’s no shortage of Wagyu at Yakiniku Osen. Grilled at your table by your server, we ate each medium rare to get the full spectrum of this sophisticated and unique meat.

Our absolute favorite dish was the A5 Beef Mazesoba served with seaweed, noodles, and a raw egg yolk. Divine and delicious. We could have a bowl of this every day for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Desserts include a luscious Matcha cake with ice cream and a succulent yet sweet Persimmons with ice cream. Yakiniku Osen is an excellent date night option and perfect for people watching on Sunset Boulevard if you can snag one of their swanky outdoor tables, but inside is where the magic is happening at their lively and liberated dining room. We can’t wait to come back.


3503 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(323) 426-9455



Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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