One of the hardest reservations in L.A. is a table at n/naka, the modern kaiseki tasting menu from Chef Niki Nakayama. This is a humble, soulful meal – Chef Niki and her partner Carole Iida put heart and creativity into each dish. The meal follows the flow of a traditional kaiseki menu, a celebration of seasonal ingredients starting with raw fish, continuing with a grilled dish, a steamed dish, peaking with a meat dish, before finishing with a salad, a rice dish, and dessert. The dishes not only vary by season, but also by every visit – each time you come to n/naka you will have a brand new tasting menu. However, one dish that is always on the menu is the spaghettini with abalone, pickled cod roe, and truffles. This signature dish is one of the best things we’ve ever eaten – it’s somehow cheesy without having any cheese, and it does not taste fishy at all. The abalone’s texture and flavor blends so well with the pasta. N/naka received two Michelin stars in 2019.