Kai Japanese Roots opens in DTLA Historic Core to rave reviews from locals!

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Broadway Avenue in DTLA just got a little bit hotter as a new addition to the ever-growing restaurant scene pops up, the beautiful new Kai Japanese Roots has taken anchor at the now rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building.

Menus for Kai Japanese Roots show off that this is no ordinary Japanese restaurant only catering to the sushi crowd, they boast a variety of favorites, from hand rolls, rice bowls, yakitori, to sashimi and cut rolls as well as assorted vegetables, salads and soups. The bar stands on it’s own with a full bar that includes beer, sake, wine, draft spirits, craft cocktails and an extensive curated list of Japanese whiskeys.

The Spring Arcade has had its ups and downs over the years, despite first emerging as a possible contender for the title of “next great thing” after the boom of Grand Central Market began a few years ago. Plenty of concepts have moved in, including Guisados, Gelateria Uli, and the awesome Garçons de Café wine bar, but plenty of other names have dropped in and out of the conversation just as quickly too. Hopefully with the new arrival of this delicious-looking Japanese restaurant, some more folks will be drawn to the airy open arcade. This new anchor to the neighborhood will join the soon to open Royal Claytons, Blue Jam Café and Don Francisco Coffee roasters as the new food enclave takes shape.

When brothers Ben and Bobby Davidson set out to create a Japanese restaurant 2 years ago, they had already been doing business in Downtown Los Angeles for over two decades. Their goal was to craft something that would not only be authentic to Japanese cuisine and aesthetics, but equally rooted in our historically rich environment.

The guiding principle was to create a space that exemplifies the elegance of honesty and incorporates the vibrant rhythm of our surrounding environment, foremost in cuisine and design. Years of research, months of selection, hours of interviews and a trip to Japan led us to the point where we are proud to present our conception as Kai: Japanese Roots.

Executive chef, Miki Fujita, trained and apprenticed in Japan and working for 27 years in Japanese cuisine, exudes a deep pride and enthusiasm for every dish that he carefully crafts. This same ethic flows through all aspects of food and drink, as our sake list is carefully curated to appreciate the robust spectrum of flavor and dimensions of sake in a meaningful way.  We sought out the best and most celebrated Japanese whiskey and malts, craft beers, and sochu spirits to be both comprehensive and precise.

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Indoor and patio dining with private event space for 40. Weekday Happy Hour 3-7pm. Open daily at 11:30am for Lunch. Spring Arcade Building 542 South Broadway St.Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 232-4900 http://www.KaiJapaneseRoots.com/

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