Inko Nito
Downtown LA’s
Robata Sanctuary

A Charcoal Only Robata Masterpiece
Inko Nito DTLA
Photo by : Wonho Frank Lee FOR EATER LA

Downtown LA’s Arts District is certainly a hot spot thanks to fire-centric INKO NITO. Tucked
away on a side street, this moody, dimly-lit, Japanese-themed spot is recognizable by its
signature neon green sign. An expansive drink menu, sharing plates, and the fire-burning
kitchen in the center of the venue makes INKO NITO the perfect location for any group looking
for a fun night and a flavor-packed meal.

Inko Nito DTLA

Disclaimer, if you take nothing else away from this article, you absolutely MUST order the
bone marrow. Slathered in house marinade and engulfed by the open fire, its rich and bubbling
for spreading on adorable, buttered and individualized toasts.


Inko Nito DTLA

The drinks list is expansive,
including a aromatic and balanced Palomita—but take my word and order a round of Sake to
take your night to the next level. The drinks are a perfect way to reciprocate the bustling energy
that lives in this restaurant – exemplified by the open, fire and coal burning kitchen that is
placed directly in the center for the crowds to observe. Executive Chef Carlos walked me
through INKO NITO’s motto. He explains that in their cooking they use “absolutely no gas, no
electricity, everything is cooked with 100% Japanese Charcoal made of Oak, charred and
compressed to get a higher degree of heat.” Every dish is made accordingly over the fire,
leaving that crusted, blackened, and smoky residue on every bite.

Inko Nito DTLA

Next on my list is the Ribeye steak. Brought to the table with an aromatic broth to pour over
your cut, this dish was of high-quality, perfectly fatty, and swirling with just the right amount of
fresh herbs and masterfully curated spices. Pair this with the scallop skewer small bite, for a DIY
surf and turf you won’t regret.

Inko Nito DTLA
Photo by : Wonho Frank Lee FOR EATER LA
Food & Dining Director at Happening In Group | [email protected]

Natalia Saucedo is the Food & Dining Director for The Happening In Group. A USC Trojan, Natalia pursued a degree in International Relations Global Business. Outside of school, Natalia worked on the culinary team at Broken Spanish Los Angeles, and has worked internationally in Germany, Spain, and Croatia to pursue food endeavors as they relate to art and culture. Her work appears in the online and digital video space, and you can follow her around the internet at @ketoinlosangeles.