Jinpachi, West Hollywood – My New Kiriko

Jinpachi - omakase, ankimo (monkfish liver)

Thank goodness I moved (!) away from the westside (!!), otherwise Jinpachi would make me a traitor by geography.

[pictured above: ankimo (monkfish liver, which I did not eat)]

omakase: Uni on Oyster

Jinpachi - Omakase, Uni on Oyster

omakase: Oyster with Yuzu

Jinpachi - Omakase, Kumamoto Oyster with Yuzu

omakase: Oyster with Ponzu

Jinpachi - Omakase, Kumamoto Oyster with Ponzu

omakase: Kumamoto Oysters

Jinpachi - Omakase, Kumamoto Oysters

omakase: Marinated Sardines

Jinpachi - Omakase, Marinated Sardines

omakase: Shiitake Mushrooms with Shrimp

Jinpachi - Omakase, Shiitake Mushrooms with Shrimp

omakase: Hirame Roe

Jinpachi - Omakase, Hirame Roe

omakase: Gobo, Ohitashi, Marinated Sardine, Shiitake with Shrimp, Hirame Roe

Jinpachi - Omakase, Gobo Ohitashi Sardine Shiitake Hirame

omakase: Bluefin Tuna, Mirugai (Geoduck Clam), Squid

Jinpachi - Omakase, Bluefin Tuna + Mirugai + Squid

omakase: Snapper Fillet and Matsutake Mushroom in Broth

Jinpachi - Omakase, Snapper Fillet and Mushrooms in Broth

omakase: Goldeneye Snapper

Jinpachi - Omakase, Goldeneye Snapper

omakase: Medium Toro

Jinpachi - Omakase, Medium Toro

omakase: Aji (Spanish Mackerel)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Aji

omakase: Albacore

Jinpachi - Omakase, Albacore

omakase: Amaebi (Sweet, Raw Shrimp)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Amaebi and Salmon

omakase: Salmon

Jinpachi - Omakase, Salmon

omakase: Ikura (Salmon Roe)

…marinated with smoked bonito
Jinpachi - Omakase, Ikura

omakase: Uni (Sea Urchin)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Uni

omakase: Scallop/Clam Hybrid

Jinpachi - Omakase, Scallop/Clam

omakase: Ankimo (Monkfish Liver)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Ankimo

omakase: Anago (Sea Eel)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Anago

omakase: Uni (again)

Jinpachi - Omakase, Uni


Jinpachi - Uni

Uni in Box

Jinpachi - Uni in Box

Chef Preparing Uni

Jinpachi - Chef Prepping Uni

Hamachi (Yellowtail) + Jalapeno

Jinpachi - Hamachi Jalapeno

Alpine Salmon + Jalapeno

Jinpachi - Alpine Salmon

Tako (Octopus) + Marinated Shiitake Mushrooms

Jinpachi - Tako Shiitake

Tako + Shiitake, Salmon, Hamachi

Jinpachi - Tako, Salmon, Hamachi


Jinpachi - Snapper

Toro (Tuna Belly) Roll

Jinpachi - Toro Roll

Crab Avocado Roll

Jinpachi - Crab Avocado Roll


Jinpachi - Edamame

Shishito Peppers

Jinpachi - Shishito Peppers

Jinpachi Sushi Bar

Jinpachi - Sushi Bar from Second Floor



8711 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 358-9134
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 West Side Food Lover October 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I demand to know the reason for turning your back on the West Side! Two exclamation points about leaving? What happened to the girl who wouldn’t venture east of the 405? Inquiring minds want to know!


2 ila October 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

ennnnh. everything looks. so. gooood.


3 James Goldthorpe October 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Wow these pictures are simply fantastic!! I am in the mood for some sushi now ;)


4 Stella October 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

Why oh why did I have to see this post AFTER retuning from my visit to LA? No, no, of course, I couldn’t have found this while still in the same zip code as this place….Okay. I’m patient. I’ll be back in LA soon enough. I can handle this.

The photos are amazing, and even making me rethink my uni phobia.


5 Michael November 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited your website, but glad I came back…aside from being a fantastic writer, you are an INCREDIBLE photographer (as has been duly noted by others)…perhaps you’ve answered this before, but what kind of camera do you use…and how do you get such crisp close-ups? What settings do you use for those?


6 Sarah J. Gim December 7, 2010 at 12:53 am


I’ve been using the Canon s90, a compact digital that has better-than-average low light capabilities. For the close ups, the camera is on the AV mode with the macro focus setting. I also have a pretty steady hand, which is good in low light (I think…?)


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