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Excellent chawanmushi and sukiyaki at this tiny izakaya in Echo Park

Excellent chawanmushi and sukiyaki at this tiny izakaya in Echo Park

Where you are: Tsubaki, a cozy izakaya on the eastern edge of Echo Park, in the spot formerly occupied by Kush Sake Bar. Tsubaki is a higher-end izakaya, a tiny, upscale tavern offering Japanese staples such as chawanmushi and sukiyaki. Everything on the menu is meant to be shared and eaten with plenty of alcohol.

Who’s cooking: Tsubaki is a collaboration between chef Charles Namba and sommelier Courtney Kaplan. Namba grew up in Los Angeles with Japanese parents, and after working at Bouchon in Beverly Hills as well as New York restaurants Chanterelle, Macao Trading Company and EN Japanese Brasserie — where he met...

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