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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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Pikunico at ACE Hotel Palm Springs!

We will be serving our signature gluten-free Japanese-style fried chicken at Ace Hotel Palm Springs’ Desert Breeze weekender! On Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 19, chill by the pool while treating yourself to Pikunico’s housemade karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) served in a basket with Fingerling Fries, Seaweed Cucumber Salad and Miso de Leche Cookie! See below for details of the event and click HERE to buy tickets.

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We Are Back At Tabula Rasa!

Our first pop-up was so succesful, we are back for another round at Tabula Rasa! Our Crispy, Juicy, (Gluten Free!) Fried Chicken will be making another special appearance at Tabula Rasa Bar Wednesday, May 1st! We are bringing back the same menu so come say hi if you missed the first pop-up.  See you there!

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Our Picnic at Tabula Rasa Bar!

Hey there Picnic Pals!

Yesterday was our Pop-Up premiere at Tabula Rasa Bar, and it was such a great time! We arrived early to set up in the back patio area, and as you can see Chef Kuniko couldn’t wait to get the picnic started!

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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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