C California Style

The interiors and menu at SAKE DOJO nod to modern Tokyo.

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by C California Style

Modern Tokyo meets L.A. at Sake Dojo

Few neighborhoods merge past and present as powerfully as DTLA’s Little Tokyo. Here, the team behind local favorite Far Bar opened Sake Dojo this past summer, reviving a space in the 100-plus-year-old Mikado Hotel building. Extensive craft sake, beer, whiskey and signature cocktail offerings complement the menu, which ranges from sushi and sashimi to Kurobuta porchetta. The dining room interior nods to cultural touchstones: “We were drawn to the intricate patterns and muted colors of Japanese body tattoos,” says Andrew Lindley of LAND Design Studio, who collaborated with architect David Wick of Wick Architecture & Design on the project, along with tattoo artist Horifuji and printer Michael Hill of AoSA to make an indelible impression on diners via a series of perforated plywood panels emblazoned with large-scale, artful imagery.  333 E. First St., L.A., 213-234-0957; sakedojola.com.

Written by JESSICA RITZ.