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Encino’s Affordable Omakase Spot Nakamura Has Closed

Kenji Nakamura shuttered the hidden sushi spot in March

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Nigiri at Nakamura, Encino
Nigiri at Nakamura, Encino
Matthew Kang
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.

Without very much fanfare, it looks like Encino’s Nakamura has closed down. The reasonably priced omakase counter, which boasted upwards of 14 pieces of nigiri for around $75, shuttered for a week earlier this year for no apparent reason. Nakamura originally debuted about a year ago in May 2017 tucked behind a large strip mall along Ventura Blvd. It took over the restaurant formerly known as 4 on 6, whose owner Kiminobu Saito is now opening a wine-centric omakase restaurant in June.

Kenji Nakamura’s minimalist counter served its last piece of sushi some time last week. Most reviews on Yelp seem to reflect a highly positive experience, with a few outliers pointing out chef Nakamura’s sometimes indifferent service. The chef had 19 years of experience around Los Angeles before opening this business. Anyone looking for another standout sushi restaurant in the Valley can consult this handy map.

Nakamura. 16573 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA.