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Kai Japanese Roots – Downtown Los Angeles

Our menu offers a large variety of the finest Japanese cuisine. Enjoy the restaurant atmosphere as you look through our menu of the carefully crafted dishes by our Executive chef. Enjoy the many items, specialty drinks and deserts proudly offered by our dedicated and helpful staff.

When we set out to create a Japanese restaurant 2 years ago, we had already been doing business in Downtown Los Angeles for over two decades . The goal was to craft something that would not only be authentic to Japanese cuisine and aesthetics, but equally rooted in our historically rich environment.

Our guiding principle was to create a space that exemplifies the elegance of honesty and incorporates the vibrant rhythm of our surrounding environment, foremost in cuisine and design. Years of research, months of selection, hours of interviews and a trip to Japan led us to the point where we are proud to present our conception as Kai: Japanese Roots.

Our executive chef, Miki Fujita, trained and apprenticed in Japan and working for 27 years in Japanese cuisine, exudes a deep pride and enthusiasm for every dish that he carefully crafts. This same ethic flows through all aspects of food and drink, as our sake list is carefully curated to appreciate the robust spectrum of flavor and dimensions of sake in a meaningful way. We sought out the best and most celebrated Japanese whiskey and malts, craft beers, and sochu spirits to be both comprehensive and precise. Our teas and cocktails express the subtlety and profundity of Japanese flavors often overlooked.

Most importantly, those things are meaningless without guests and the spirit of hospitality, so we ask you to join us in completing our restaurant.

Happy Hour Menu
Daily 3pm - 7pm


Edamame 2
Steamed and lightly salted

Spicy Garlic Edamame 3
Steamed and Sautéed in a spicy garlic sauce

Sautéed Shishito 5
Sauteed peppers in a garlic and house blended nikiri soy sauce


Kai House Salad 4
with homemade miso dressing

Kai Signatures

Crispy Spicy Tuna Slider 6
Spicy tuna in between two crispy rice and nori

Kai Nachos 8
Sweet and Spicy House Sashimi mix over crispy wonton chips


California (hand) 3 (cut) 5
Spicy Tuna (hand) 3 (cut) 5

Robata Vegetable

Pee Wee Potato 2
Mushroom 2
Egg Plant with Miso Glaze 2

Robata Chicken

Mune - White Chicken Meat 3

Robata - Meat

Pork Belly 3
Kurobuta Sausage 3
Filet Mignon 5

Robata - Seafood

Ika - Calamari 4
Quail Eggs 3

Bar Items

House Specialty Cocktails $2 off
House Well Cocktails 6
House Chardonnay & Cabernet 4
Tokyo Mule 7
Craft Beers Kai Ju 3
Japanese Old Fashioned 9

House Red Wine 4
House White Wine 4


Sayuri Nigori Sake 5
Cold Draft 3
Cold Draft sake bottle 375 ml 7
Cold Draft sake bottle 750 ml 13
Small Hot Sake 3
Large Hot Sake 6

$2 off all draft items 2 off

Place Categories: Counter Seating, Cuisine, Dog Friendly, Featured Restaurant, Features, Happy Hour, Happy Hour w/ Food Specials, Japanese Restaurants, Open Late, Outside Dining, Private Dining, Restaurants with Open Kitchen and Sushi Bars

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