Storefront Report: Sampling sake in Echo Park

ECHO PARK —  A new sake and yakitori bar has opened in the former Cortez restaurant space near Sunset Boulevard and Allison Avenue.  Kush Sake Bar, which is connected to Ji Taek Lim, owner of Silverlake Ramen, opened recently without much fanfare.  We don’t have details about the menu, only that sake and yakitori are now being served in a spot where pricey small plates once ruled at Cortez.  “Not open for lunch just yet, but everything we ate was delicious and fairly priced,” according to one Facebook post.

Will Echo Park craft beer fans develop a taste for sake?

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  1. Hopefully the new owners will learn from the mistakes of the past greedy unfriendly owners, that over priced small plates and bad attitudes don’t work in echo park.

    • westsiderslummingit

      what are you talking about greedy ?
      cortez used the best quality and most expensive ingredients available period. and unfriendly, just because someone is not in glee club and are not your best friend the first time you meet them doesn’t make them unfriendly. maybe they are focused on what they are doing. i hope you feast on your cisco pork, and produce from the A market in large portions. maybe they can hang a shepard fairey poster in their to make it authentic

  2. Victor Heights Resident

    If it’s any consolation, I plan on patronizing this restaurant, despite the fact that I’m less excited about its cuisine. Cortez sounded really interesting, but I never wound up going because of all the negative reviews regarding its high prices and small dishes. This area doesn’t have as many businesses as other stretches of Sunset, so you’re really best off trying to draw in customers that happen to be nearby residents. If its price point is on target, I could care less about what I’m eating and I’ll gladly come!

  3. Read this yesterday and ate at the restaurant last night. Big fan of Silverlake Ramen so I was interested to see what they would be doing here. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. I had a combination of Pork belly and Pumpkin skewers. The portions were just right.

    The staff was beyond hospitable. We said goodbye to the hostess as we walked out and a moment later the manager came out behind us and asked what we thought. Nice guy. Great personable way of building business. They seem to be relying on mostly word of mouth.

    I never bothered with Cortez for the same reasons in previous comments and I live half a block away. I’ll be coming back to Kush.

  4. I loved Cortez (to those who didn’t go because you thought it was overpriced, you really missed out). I ate at Kush last night, and I’ll never go back. We samples 7 dishes, and they were ALL bad. Just heavy and bland. I ended up leaving hungry because after a bite of each dish, I didn’t want any more. The staff was sweet, though.

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