3 Los Angeles Restaurants Added to California’s 2023 Michelin Guide – NBC Los Angeles

Every year, Michelin Guide inspectors update their lists of the best restaurants to dine in, and this year they added three Los Angeles restaurants to their 2023 Michelin Guide to California.

Los Angeles County locations are three of the six restaurants added to the state guide. Earning a spot in the Michelin Guide is a restaurant’s dream, joining a coveted list of some of the highest quality restaurants in the world.

It all started in 1889 in central France when two brothers, Andre and Edouard Michelin, founded their tire company. They opened it with ideas to help the growth of the French automobile industry. To help drivers plan their trips and help boost car sales, the brothers put together a guidebook that included maps, places to refuel, shelter and a list of places to eat.

After growing up and serving as an influential guide, the Michelin brothers decided to create a team of mystery diners or inspectors to help visit and review restaurants anonymously. In 1926, the guide began awarding stars to restaurants which became known as “Michelin Stars”. In 1936, the criteria for star ratings were published.

To this day, the Michelin Stars and the inclusion of your restaurant in a Michelin Guide continue to be one of the highest culinary recognitions.

These are the Los Angeles County restaurants added to the 2023 California guide

Leona’s sushi house

11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

If you like to sit in a nice restaurant and eat good food, Leona’s Sushi House is the best of both worlds. It is a modern place that mixes Japanese and Peruvian food to make fusion dishes that will leave you wanting more.

Chef Shigenori Fujimoto collaborates with Evan Ross and Frank Leon to create quality dishes. Whether you are a seafood lover or not, they have a wide variety of things to choose from. They also have multiple specialty drinks and cocktails that pair very well with the food.

Some of their popular dishes:

  • Baked Whole Branzino
  • udon carbonara
  • Leona Special Sushi
  • Albacore Ceviche

niku x

900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 212, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Classic Yakiniku-style cooking is what Niku X does best. Both the decoration and the food of the restaurant have traditional Japanese elements that make it a special place.

Chef Shin Thompson uses certified Japanese A5 Wagyu that is sustainably sourced from a private farm and from Japan, Australia and Portland, all of which make beef a focal point on the menu.

The extensive menu has Yakiniku and Tomahwak tasting menus that feature set dishes that include a wide variety of proteins, vegetables, and appetizers. They also have a la carte items for whatever you fancy.

Some of their popular dishes:

  • Wagyu Tartare A5
  • A5 certified Kobe beef
  • Chef’s Special of the Day Charcoal Grilled Fish
  • Caviar Astrea Oscietra Gran Reserva

yuen sushi

18558 Gale Ave., Unit 100-102, City of Industry, CA 91748

The upscale feel of the restaurant is enough to grab your attention at Sushi Yuen. It’s a place that is doing sushi the right way with fresh ingredients prepared by expert chefs.

They have a wide variety of sushi including moriawase sashimi, yakimono, and specialty rolls, but the most famous dish is their omakase. Their omakase is a set meal that includes dessert. Each dish gets better and better.

Some of their popular dishes:

  • omakase nigiri
  • Shigoku Oyster with Caviar
  • Seared black cod
  • blue crab roll