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This Hidden Subterranean Restaurant Has A 5,500-Gallon Aquarium Chandelier

Ashlyn Davis Ashlyn Davis

This Hidden Subterranean Restaurant Has A 5,500-Gallon Aquarium Chandelier

A refined, underground (or underwater) Japanese-inspired nightclub and dinner lounge.

Take a colorful staircase down to this basement hidden beneath the historic Pershing Square Building—14 floors below the rooftop hotspot Perch (with the same owners)—and you’ll find the swanky dinnertime hangout, Mrs. Fish. Contrasted with Perch’s sweeping city views of the L.A. skyline, your gaze will be diverted to curated art from the hottest Tokyo galleries, an unparalleled selection of whisky, incredible food, and, of course, an impressive fish tank filled with marine life at the heart of it all.

Every inch of this unique multilevel gallery-cum-lounge is bursting with eclectic elements and every space is designed to create an intimate ambiance but for different dining experiences. In the main dining area, a deep blue light spills from the suspended 5,500-gallon aquarium, bathing the black-and-white checkered floor in a gentle glow. You can seat yourself at a table, one of the plush booths or take a table with a view from the second floor.

Tall, gold-accented stools are lined up along the bar where you can enjoy pours of on the extensive list of Japanese whiskies that you can carbonate with a special Suntory Toki highball machine. There’s sake, shochu, wines, beers, incredible cocktails and “hangover-free” options to choose from too.

You can dine on traditional sushi sourced from Tsukiji fish market, yakitori (skewers of meat), seafood pasta, braised short rib, and other small plates while marveling at the pop Anime portraits by Ai Kato. With scores of bold Japanese works to see and a menu that can be pared back or ultra extravagant, Mrs. Fish redefines the art of dining.

But this culinary wonderland doesn’t end there. Tucked away upstairs, is an omakase bar with 5 smoothly lacquered wooden seats, allowing a few guests to experience sushi chosen and created by the chef right before their eyes. There’s also an elegant whiskey lounge stocked with rare, single-malt bottles and plush sofas. Guests can enjoy whisky flights starting at $18 where you might sample Ichiro’s premium 30-year Komagatake.

Along with the seemingly endless experiences this fabulous den has to offer, there’s a karaoke room and a second-floor balcony that becomes a stage for live performances every other night.

Location: 448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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