Pierre Chapat and Nikki Garrett at Moku Sushi in Pacific Palisades. Photo by Westside People
Moku Sushi opened its doors earlier this year in the Pacific Palisades Highland neighborhood offering a fresh take on Japanese / French fusion
The fusion style that comes through on the dishes at Moku stems from the ownership partners Pierre Chapat, who has a French background along with Nikki Garrett and executive chef Nat who both have a background in Japanese cuisine.
There’s the “pinkalicious” roll that combines black caviar with tuna and yellow tail or the “Oh my god roll” simply and aptly named for the most popular way to describe each bite. Often the dishes too have the look of French cuisine with streaks of sauce across the plate and delicate presentations as well as unique sauces .
Together they’ve combined their passions for sushi with creating something new and different.
With over 20 years of experience, Wong hand picks fresh salmon from Scotland, big eye tuna from Hawaii and farm raised sea urchin and shrimp from Santa Barbara on a daily basis.
“We don’t want to serve a roll like it’s been done for hundreds of years,” Chapat said. “Every sushi restaurant you go to has the same rolls. We’re trying to change things up.”
In just its first three months in the Highland neighborhood Moku has already drawn regulars and many local celebrities who enjoy coming in with their families or a date.
“We are so grateful to the people of Pacific Palisades for supporting us,” said Chapat.
On a recent visit to Moku, they showed off the “shitake lobster,” a beautifully designed sashimi plate and a “diamond head” roll that combines eggplant tempura with spicy tuna and avocado in a towering presentation topped with quick fried sweet potato.
“We’re trying to produce quality food at a reasonable price, but food that we love to do,” said Chef Nat. “We’re in this because we enjoy doing it every day.”