EMC Seafood

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

By Pete Dalis

It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that seafood is all the rage in LA right now. But whatever pet theories may have to say about the trend, at EMC Seafood—the latest from the Le Ka owners (their initials EMC)—the creative, expansive menu is all the evidence you need. Who can turn down sweet shrimp ceviche tanged up with Japanese ponzu in a hollowed-out half lemon, or blue crab butter lettuce cups with salty crisp bacon bits and creamy Louis sauce? Go mini or mega with your lobster fix; the juicy brioche lobster roll can be ordered in a small version, or you can order a whole lobster three different ways: steamed with spicy pepper, crispy with garlic and sea salt, or charbroiled. And don’t be shy in sampling the sweet succulence of the uni spaghetti. Those wary of the deep blue sea will find garlicky standouts in perfectly medium-rare sliced prime ribeye with whole roasted cloves and soy, the crispiest Brussels sprouts ever concocted, and garlic noodles that compliment anything you try. And for an equally special refreshment, the whiskey, fresh lemon juice, Angostura, and beer combo of the Wilsener is remarkably innovative and smooth.

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the crowd
Young, mostly Korean twenty-somethings fill the bar, while an older, more diversified crew guzzles happy hour Kumamoto and Fat Bastard oysters in the raw bar.

eye for design
Swirls of light and dark cherry wood paneling, combined with pinpoint spot lighting gives off an elegant bistro vibe—even with Pirates of the Caribbean playing on the wall and NFL football up on the flatscreen.

on the stereo
Acid jazz at its finest
Sneaker Pimps, “Six Underground”

decibels
Medium-high

hours

Sun–Thu 4 PM–midnight; Fri–Sat 4 PM–2 AM

price range

whitefish tacos ($6) to whole lobster ($39)
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