If my waistline was not a factor, there is a good chance that I would try to live off of cookies, cakes, and candies for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I’m human and while I do indulge in the daily (sometimes hourly) sweet, I have to keep a balanced diet. This is a simple task when I’m cooking at home, but eating out can be a different story. With so many great restaurants across Los Angeles, it can be difficult to choose health over taste. Luckily I have found Inaka, a little neighborhood gem, and I no longer have to compromise.
Inaka owner and Chef Jay Abe has been serving up macrobiotic Japanese dishes in his La Brea restaurant for 30 years. The restaurant is simple and calming, just like the food. From natto and gobo to hijiki and soba, Inaka is like a healthy adventure for the taste buds. Macrobiotic (Macro = Large, Bio = Life) eating means a simple, balanced diet of seasonal vegetables, grains and lean proteins like fish and tofu. And the philosophy behind eating macrobiotic is something we can all jump on board with – it’s the idea that food and food quality powerfully affect health, well-being, and happiness. Makes sense, no?
So scrap that salad you were planning for dinner and pay Inaka a visit, your belly will thank you. Inaka: 131 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Important note: Inaka does not serve alcohol, so BYO!