Food transcends unlike any other type of art. In food, we embrace different flavors, ingredients, techniques and celebrate all the different elements to create something new. At the same time, we must never forget where those elements originated from. This is culture, this has always been culture, and we must embrace the new with reverence for the old.

AINOKO is an exploratory tasting menu kitchen in which we bring those elements together and create a tasting menu of natural fusion, i.e. AINOKO - half breed, fusion. This natural fusion comes form myself, Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto, being of Mexican-Japanese decent, I bring elements of diametrically opposed cuisines together to form an autobiographic tasting menu every night. I tie in my own experiences of growing up multi-culturally, while also incorporating flavors that I have picked up along my career life in Los Angeles.