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Kaiju, a Sushi Hideaway in Sherman Oaks Opening May 12 on Ventura Blvd

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Koi's former executive chef does a creative take on sushi.

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Guy Starkman, a scion of the Jerry Deli's empire, has big things in store for Kaiju Sushi, which opens next Tuesday along burgeoning Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. Taking over the former Sweetharts (a dessert shop that Melissa Joan Hart had owned), this swanky new spot is helmed by Go Nakabayashi, who was formerly the head chef of Koi in Hollywood. One might recall the word "kaiju" from the 2013 blockbuster Pacific Rim, which means sea monster.

Along with traditional Japanese sushi options, think more creative dishes like spicy tuna fish roe, baked crab hand rolls, albacore with crispy onions, and more of that ilk. Sure, it's not going to win over any hardcore Edomae fans who are used to warm rice and unadorned fish, but hey, it's the Valley, and some diners are more relaxed here. When Kaiju opens on May 12, it'll be open daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with lunch service in the near future. Check out the full menu below.

Kaiju Sushi
13704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Kaiju Menu