BiMi ** LOCATION 11917 Wilshire Blvd. (between Barrington and Bundy), Los Angeles, (310) 479-2464; www.bimirestaurant.com. AMBIENCE Contemporary sushi restaurant that seats 40 or so at the sushi bar or at tables in the pleasant dining room decorated with glass tiles and chocolate- colored vinyl banquettes and chairs. The crowd is mostly Asian, the vibe lively and fun. The menu also includes izakaya-style dishes and some of L.A.'s best French fries. SERVICE Engaging and helpful. PRICE Lunch items, $6.50 to $15; dinner salads and cold plates, $4 to $12; hot dishes, $3.50 to $16; sushi, $5 to $14, most around $6; sushi rolls, $5 to $18; dessert, $2.50 to $8.50. BEST DISHES White fish carpaccio, seared tuna carpaccio, fresh jellyfish sunomono, corn tempura, sea urchin fried rice, roast duck, French fries, chawan mushi, housemade tofu, sushi. WINE LIST Very modest wine list of mostly California wines. Also some good sakes. Corkage fee, $10. BEST TABLE One along the banquettes or, of course, a seat at the sushi bar. DETAILS Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and for dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. daily. Wine and beer. Valet and street parking. Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. latimes.com /food See a photo gallery of scenes and dishes at BiMi.
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