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Legendary Sawtelle Chef Returns to LA With 90s-Style Fusion Restaurant

Orris’s Hideo “Shiro” Yamashiro comes back, this time to Little Tokyo

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Inside Sans Shiro, Little Tokyo
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.

After closing Orris on Sawtelle five years ago, chef Hideo “Shiro” Yamashiro has returned to Los Angeles after stints in Europe and Tokyo. The eponymous restaurant Sans Shiro opened in mid-August on a corner slot of a Little Tokyo strip mall, the same one with Sushi Gen, Kinjiro, and Frances bakery.

So far the details are a bit murky, but the menu seems to reflect the same kind of fusion fare that centers around grilled meats. The place isn’t so much Japanese as it is stuck in the late 1990s, with grilled romaine, filet mignon, and potatoes dauphinoise on the bill of fare. Also, find plates like asparagus with black sesame sauce, lamb chops, snapper carpaccio and more for a throwback menu. As for the interior, it’s...a bit of a throwback as well, with gaudy European-style appointments.

Yamashiro, who also opened his restaurant Shiro in South Pasadena back in 1987, trained at Ma Maison under Wolfgang Puck before going on to open the French-Japanese inspired Orris on Sawtelle Blvd in 2004.

Hours currently run 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays.

432 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA