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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.

What's New?

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

Order Your Game Day Party Basket Now!

Pikunico fried chicken during your Super Bowl party this weekend? It’s going to be a touchdown! Order your Game Day Party Basket by calling to order for pick-up or order for delivery from our delivery partners. The Game Day Party Basket comes with all of your Pikunico favorites but let us know if you would like to substitute any of the chicken for Kabocha for a vegetarian option.

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Pikunico On Buzzfeed Worth It!

Check us out on Buzzfeed Worth It as hosts Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj try some really delicious fried chicken sandwiches, including our Golden Chicken Sandwich! Our feature includes Chef Kuniko’s story on how the Golden Chicken Sandwich came to be and a tip on how the sandwich is meant to be enjoyed. Thank you, Steven, Andrew and the whole Buzzfeed Worth It crew for coming in! Click below to watch the video now! read more

Let Pikunico Help With Your Holiday Parties & Catering

Serve Pikunico this holiday season at home or at work for a Japanese twist to a feast with your family and friends. Did we also mention that everything is also gluten-free? Introducing Pikunico’s Holiday Season Basket that has enough to feed 6 to 8 people- perfect for Thanksgiving! Call us to purchase and pre-order at least 3 days before pick up, and then your holiday party to us! Delivery around Downtown LA is available upon request.

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Location + Hours

Located in ROW DTLA at the end of Dock Street | 767 South Alameda Street, Suite 122 Los Angeles, CA 90021
Sun-Thurs 11.30am - 9pm | Fri & Sat 11am - 9pm
Free 2 hour parking with validation at the ROW DTLA

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