Miss Irene goes against the grain this week and seeks out a newish Japanese spot, BiMi on Wilshire Boulevard, from a reader's suggestion. She walks away with a good enough impression that it warrants a whole review:
The restaurant manages to hit that sweet spot between quality and price. The staff is incredibly friendly, the menu is varied enough that you can go back often to eat sushi or izakaya dishes, or a combination thereof, depending on your mood. I appreciate too the fact that the kitchen comes up with a long list of specials each day, depending on what Hoshino has found at the market. Not many moderately priced sushi restaurants take the trouble.And then there's the fries, some of the best she's ever tasted. Under-the-radar BiMi gets two stars. Today the "S." stands for "secrets." [LAT]
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