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Free Range, Gluten Free, Japanese Fried Chicken And More With Locally Sourced Ingredients In Sunny Downtown Los Angeles

Meet Chef Kuniko Yagi

"Cooking, to me, is a way I can give back to my friends and family. I want to make food that is satisfying, fun, guilt-free and... happy."

Born and raised in Maebashi, Japan, Kuniko Yagi began her culinary career after a brief but telling stint in banking led to the realization that her rebel spirit yearned for a more creative outlet. Inspiration struck after a chance encounter with Chef David Myers of Sona, one of the few Los Angeles restaurants to ever receive a Michelin star. Moved by Kuniko's zeal and natural affinity for gastronomy, he took a risk hiring the untrained cook, who quickly unearthed her unmistakable talent. She rapidly advanced through the ranks of Sona before serving as Executive Chef of Myers’ brasserie, Comme Ça, and eventually opening the award-winning Hinoki & the Bird, which earned her a number of critical accolades from bon appétit, Esquire, and more, in 2013.

Fast forward to present day, and Kuniko has since brought to life her childhood memories of picnicking with her grandmother in Japan through her first standalone passion project, Pikunico. The concept (whose name is a playful combination of “picnic” and “Kuniko”) offers housemade “karaage” (Japanese-style fried chicken), one of her favorite, guilt-free comfort foods she enjoyed growing up. Pikunico has brought the chef back to the essence of why she cooks: to make people happy.

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Everything about our food and our events, featuring culinary tips & healthy recipes

Exclusive Game Day Basket For Super Bowl Weekend!

Calling all football fans! Cheer for your favorite team with Pikunico’s exclusive Game Day Basket. The Game Day Basket includes 12 pieces of Pikunico’s gluten-free fried chicken drumsticks as well as our house made dipping sauces (Daikon Ponzu Oroshi, Lemon Aioli, Parsley and Sesame sauce), Pikunico’s made-from-scratch Hot Sauce and assorted pickles. read more

Snack Time at Pikunico

Your week days are about to get much better. Lunch time is overrated, and here’s why. Enjoy Snack Time at Pikunico on Mondays to Fridays from 3pm to 6pm. Let us know what your favorite combination is!

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Extra Extra, Read all about it!

It’s been just over a month since we’ve opened our doors, and we couldn’t be happier! We love making friends just as much as we love making our fried chicken, and we appreciate everyone’s support and kind words thus far!

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Location + Hours

Address
Located in ROW DTLA at the end of Dock Street | 767 South Alameda Street, Suite 122 Los Angeles, CA 90021
Phone
213-278-0407
Hours
11am - 6pm Daily
Parking
Free 2 hour parking with validation at the ROW DTLA

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