Local. Healthy Tapas & Sake

1907 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


  • Sun., noon-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-9 p.m. (closed the third Sunday of every month) Mon., 5:30-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., noon-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Beer/Wine
Local. Healthy Tapas & Sake is a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. You might be thinking, “Is vegan Japanese food even possible? How can sashimi be sashimi without the fish, and what’s ramen without the fatty pork broth?” Yes, Virginia, it’s possible. Vegan ramen can be delicious. And sashimi can, in fact, be made without involving Nemo or Dory. Local. Healthy Tapas & Sake proves it. It serves a version of sashimi that takes konjak—the jelly made from the corm of the konjac plant—and marinates the gelatinous blocks until they absorbs umami, then slices them into steaks and arranges them on a plate with dabs of homemade ponzu. And when you taste them, you’ll be damned if they don’t look and feel as if they are pieces of ahi tuna. The rest of the menu is full of similar izakaya-style appetizers that are often nibbled with sake and beer—except edited to the more vegetable-centered dishes. Spinach is paired with sesame. Boomerangs of roasted kabocha squash gets glazed with a sticky-sweet, soy-based barbecue sauce.

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