Hollywood’s newest gorgeous dining destination is Inn Ann, opening Tuesday, November 27 at Hollywood and Highland of all places. The modern, minimal restaurant is hidden away on the fifth floor as part of Japan House, the cultural project owned and operated by Japan’s own Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
First, some context. Japan House is a unique endeavor run by the government of Japan that aims to take some of the best elements of the country and drop them into the rest of the world. There are Japan Houses in London and Sao Paolo as well as Los Angeles, and each offers everything from information to exhibitions to Japanese goods to bento box classes.
Inn Ann is Japan House’s newly-installed dinner restaurant. It’s a place for chefs from Japan to come to the U.S. for events, one-off dinners, and long residencies, working a rotating kaiseki menu depending on the chef. Taro Araki, who is currently the executive chef for the consul-general of Japan in Los Angeles, will be putting together the first set of tasting menus. Though Araki’s menus will be offered omakase-style, diners will be able to receive a vegetarian menu upon request, and can add to the meal with pulls from the wine, sake, and cocktail list.
As for the space, expect sweeping views of Hollywood and a mellow, relaxing room inside, with room for 35 seats plus the bar. Inn Ann will offer dinner only to start, with hours from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with omakase menus priced between $75 and $100.
Inn Ann. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 5th floor, Los Angeles, CA.