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Kai Japanese Roots – Beer Week, Fine Dining, Happy Hour, Rare Japanese Whiskey and More!

Broadway Avenue in DTLA just got a little bit hotter as a new addition to the ever-growing restaurant scene pops up, the beautiful new Kai Japanese Roots has taken the Broadway Avenue anchor spot at the now rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building.

Menus for Kai Japanese Roots show off that this is no ordinary Japanese restaurant only catering to the sushi crowd, they boast a variety of favorites, from hand rolls, rice bowls, yakitori, to sashimi and cut rolls as well as assorted vegetables, salads and soups. The bar stands on it’s own with a full bar that includes beer, sake, wine, draft spirits, craft cocktails and an extensive curated list of Japanese whiskeys.

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

The 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.

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.

BEER WEEK

6/19 Monday : Deschutes Brewery
6/20 Tuesday : Hitachino Nest
6/21 Wednesday: Coedo Beer
6/22 Thursday: Angel City Brewery
6/23 Friday: Sapporo

 

With LA Beer Week going on in DTLA from the 19th to the 24th, we figured we’d get in on the fun and give a little shine to some local and Japanese breweries, craft and large.

Please join us as we host Kai Japanese beer week, with representative for several breweries coming by every day of the week, with raffles, giveaways, beer education , and some stellar Japanese and local beers. We’ll be highlighting a different brewery each day along with some special beers , so it would make sense to come back every day, if you’re so inclined.

The highlighted Brewery of the day will feature TWO FOR ONE BEER from 5pm onwards, so bring a friend or just get drunk quick. In addition to that we’ll have goodies and swag as each brewery allows, special beer flights, and out standard Happy Hour running from 3-7PM every day. The Schedule is listed below and will be updated as we add new breweries.

Indoor and patio dining with private event space for 40. Weekday Happy Hour 3-7pm. Open daily at 11:30am for Lunch. Spring Arcade Building 542 South Broadway St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 232-4900 http://www.KaiJapaneseRoots.com/

Best New Breakfast in DTLA – Blu Jam Cafe

When it comes to Breakfast in DTLA the options have always been limited. But now with Los Angeles breakfast powerhouse open, Blu Jam Cafe is poised to take over the Breakfast, Brunch scene in DTLA. This is the type of restaurant that prides itself on making as much as possible from scratch, sourcing local and organic food and taking care of its customers.

This new opening represents the tipping point for the now rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building and solidifies it as the next “go to” spot for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. The Spring Arcade has had its ups and downs over the years, despite first emerging as a possible contender for the title of “next great thing” after the boom of Grand Central Market began a few years ago. Plenty of concepts have moved in, including Kai Japanese Roots, Guisados, Gelateria Uli, Garçons de Café wine bar, Crêpes Sans Frontières, but plenty of other names have dropped in and out of the conversation just as quickly too. Now with the new arrival of this delicious restaurant more folks will be drawn to the airy open arcade. This new anchor to the neighborhood will join the soon to open Royal Claytons, Don Francisco Coffee roasters as the new food enclave takes shape.

Blu Jam will now be the crown jewel of the breakfast and brunch scene in Downtown Los Angeles with the type of menu that makes you want to get up early to eat. The best way to describe the variety of titillating dishes is “Creatively Eclectic”.

You will not find many typical breakfast items on the menu. Instead, enjoy the Brunch Carbonara – Gluten-Free Risotto with crispy smoked bacon, green peas, parsley and parmesan, topped with two poached eggs and a herb pistou. Scrumptious! For the Health and Fitness minded, try the Power House – Six egg whites scrambled with baby spinach, and fresh basil, with two grilled free-range chicken breasts and house made San Marzano tomato sauce. To please your inner-child, try Kamil’s Breakfast – Pan-roasted macaroni scrambled with eggs, smoked bacon, ham, garlic, chives and cheddar cheese.

All of the soups, sauces and dressings are made fresh daily. You will not find a freezer in the kitchen. Every dish is cooked to order. Blu Jam Cafe in DTLA will also be adding fresh baked bread made in-house to its arsenal of amazing food, although it may take a few months for the perfectionist Majer to present it to the public.

Today, Kamil is involved in all the day-to-day operations at Blu Jam, and can regularly be found managing the kitchen and interacting with guests. He routinely conducts blind taste tests of items on the menu to make sure his customers are being treated to the best experience possible. “We have local produce delivered six days a week. There are no freezers. If I cannot pronounce an ingredient, I will neither use it nor will I eat it,” Kamil boasts proudly.
Blu Jam’s hours run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an extension to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Keep an ear out for Pop-Up dinners in the space as the owner Chef Kamil Majer experiments with new dishes.

Blu Jam Downtown (Spring Arcade Building)
541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Pro Tip: The best time to go to Blu Jam is 8am-11am Monday-Friday when there are no lines (yet). Below is a handy coupon you can use during this week (6/12-6/16), Just show your server on your phone and enjoy!

We’re BACK at LA Live with Downtown Dark Nights on FRI 5/19 @ 6-11pm!

Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA are proud to announce that we are back with our fourth year of producing and securing talent for Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVEOur first event of this season begins on Friday, May 19 @ 6-11pm. Like years before, you can sample food and drink at participating restaurants with their special $5 menus, shop local artisan vendors, stroll among the lighted art installations, and stop to watch muralists paint live. Exclusive to this event will be a 40% discount for tickets to that evening’s performances of Absinthe L.A. 

LIVE MUSIC | LIVE ART | LIVE PERFORMANCES | LOCAL ARTISANS

RSVP NOW ON FACEBOOK!

DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: BlackBrain | Black Light King | Samir Evol | MDMN | Phobik | Pops Born 2 Cre8 | Sand One | Septerhed | James Wilde XO | Zoueh

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Heather Blount-Elliott | Faeryn Rose | Surka Noelle | Jeweliette Luminess | Zaylaa van Hoops | Jill Evyn | LuLu Lam | Taylor Rose | Luminescent Luna

JUGGLERS: Alex Bistrevsky | Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Rewi Hoop Hooligan

CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Nick Kane | Roger Fojas | Jonnathon Cripple | Sarah Llewellyn | Christiane Georgi

STILT WALKERS: Brady Spindel | Antonio G-R | Fireplug | Seraphina

BREAK DANCERS: Hollywood Hotshots

CONTORTIONISTS: Acro Yogi Cody | Siobhan Shier

LIGHTED ART INSTALLATIONS: AirDD

VENDORS: Benjibug | Boricubi: The Art of Jolín Miranda | Cowpunk Leather Products | Downtown Muse | Eddy Lee Art | Esteve Mena Leather | Freaky Wallet | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | Jane’s Art Box | The Key Historic | London Manori | MaeMae JewelryModern Multiples | Nicolina Royale | Parlor Tattoo Prints | Peri Makes Lamps | Picka by Chris SerranoPileus Chaotic Art | Pocket Square | Roots Revival Co. | Shay Candles | Unique Inspirations Jewelry | West Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo L.A. LIVE | Katsuya L.A. LIVE | Live Basil Pizza | The Mixing Room | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill

ABSINTHE L.A.: Want to continue the fun? Absinthe L.A. will be showing the same night just across the street at the Spiegelworld Tent. Showtimes are at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM! Save 40% off tickets to see Absinthe – a raunchy, sexy and hilarious show only in LA for 4 more weeks. To redeem 40% discount, use code “DARKNIGHTS” at check-out => BUY ABSINTHE L.A. TIX by CLICKING HERE!

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