The Little Tokyo (JapanTown) section of Los Angeles, California, is a place where ethnic restaurants, especially Japanese, are plentiful. Little Tokyo is one of the few JapanTowns remaining in the United States after Japanese immigrants and their children established them decades ago to have a place where they could gather to enjoy their heritage and culture.
AZAY Restaurant is a Japanese restaurant located at 226 East First Street, Los Angeles.
Chef Akira of Azay Restaurant was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He trained in the French countryside of Azay-le-Rideau and Paris. He has worked at Maxim's de Paris and the hotel Nikko.
He was recruited to work at the L'Orangerie in Los Angeles. He and his wife opened a French restaurant in Kyoto, Japan, and then one in Pasadena, California. It closed in March 2019 after 20 years.
Azay serves excellent food at the restaurant and also does catering for large groups. It is a good choice for dining in Little Tokyo although sometimes they are only open for lunch or take-out.