Pikoh – West LA

Pikoh, the latest restaurant from Ricardo Zarate, reflects the international flavor of Los Angeles. The dishes show an eclectic mix of influences  – from kimchi fried rice to shashuka, arroz con pollo to bolognese. And, of course, there is avocado toast.

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The former Chan Dara space has been redone into a bright open dining room, with skylights.

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Once seated, you’ll be offered filtered still or sparkling water. Bonus points for the lack of  upsell on bottled water.

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Pikoh is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The daytime menu (from 11am-5pm) covers breakfast, sandwiches, salads and heartier entrees (or “provisions” as noted on the menu). The vegetarian BF Burrito contained eggs, poblanos, shiitake mushrooms, potatoes and  a hearty serving of quesillo cheese (not that I’m complaining). While it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, it was quite filling.

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The Tonkatsu Chicken Sandwich, which our server had recommended, was fried perfectly. The meat was juicy, always a plus with using chicken thighs versus breast. It was paired with rocoto pepper aioli, cabbage and provolone on grilled ciabatta bread. The aioli, a nod to Zarate’s Peruvian roots, added just the right amount of heat to the sandwich. Both the burrito and the sandwich were served with a side of arugula, lightly dressed with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes.

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Service was friendly and efficient, even though there only seemed to be two servers attending to the entire restaurant. For parking, there’s a valet in front, as well as metered street parking is available on Pico.

Happy Hour is available 7 days a week in the bar, front area and patio, with $6 cocktail, wine and beers and bites like chicken tonkatsu tacos and bangers and mash. Pikoh is a nice sunny addition to an otherwise drab stretch of Pico.

Location – 11940 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Website – https://pikohla.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

As of October 2019, Pikoh has closed its doors for business.

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