Former Asanebo and Shunji Japanese Cuisine owner Shunji Nakao has reportedly completed his takeover of the former Mr. Cecil’s space in West L.A., as Chowhounders are spreading the word of the kaiseki specialist’s rebirth (and sorta trying to be quiet about it–whoops! Oh well.) Shunji now sits, soft-open, behind vinyl signage while serving up an elegant arrangement that includes steamed back cod with enoki and shiitake mushrooms, sashimi and nigiri, and a dish of thinly-sliced squid with ink, egg-yolk, and black truffles that a dude named CiaoBob calls his best bite of our young year. The ‘hounders suggest getting there STAT before it fades away again. [Chow]
Shunji, 12244 W. Pico Blvd. West L.A. 323-718-0807.