Yuzu is experiencing a culinary resurgence here in LA. An Asian citrus that’s a mixture of Ichang papeda and a sour mandarin orange, yuzu lends a complementary taste to a variety of dishes this season. Here, six ways to enjoy the delectable ingredient.
When visiting Koreatown hot spot Here’s Looking at You, make sure to leave room for dessert—specifically for the yuzu tart. Made with white chocolate and burnt meringue, this dish serves up the ideal balance of sweet and sour flavors. 3901 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, 213-568-3573
Sure, the burgers might get the most attention at Plan Check, but it’d be a shame to miss out on the other offers at this eatery, like their homemade sodas. The yuzu flavor is one of the most popular, and is a refreshing accompaniment to a hearty lunch or dinner. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-444-1411
One of the most common—and best—ways to experience yuzu is in yuzukoshō, a Japanese seasoning made from fermenting chili peppers with salt, yuzu zest, and juice. For this dish at STK, it adds a vibrant punch of citrus and spice (and everything nice) to the beef tartare, and is rounded out with pickled mushrooms and papadums. W Hotel Los Angeles,930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, 310-659-3535
The smoky craft cocktail at Sushi Roku is made from El Silencio Espadín Mezcal, orange, yuzu juice, agave, and a Grand Marnier float—a well-balanced harmony of ingredients that go perfectly with the restaurant’s Asian food selections. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-458-4771
One of the best things about yuzu is its versatility, as this ingredient works just as well in sweet dishes as it does with savory flavors. Magpies illuminates this ingredient quality with their yuzu honey soft serve ice cream, a bright bite of flavor balanced at the fulcrum between sour and sweet. Indulgent yet light, the result is as harmonious as it is delicious. 2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-486-7094