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.